Charges for resource consents

This page reports on local authorities' charges for resource consents. 


  • Of the 36,231 section 88 (new) resource consent applications processed to a decision, 9 per cent (3,278) had fixed fees.
  • For section 88 and 127 (change/cancellation of consent condition) applications the average total charge (see Table 1 below) to the applicant for a:
    • non-notified resource consent was $1,929
    • limited notified resource consent was $6,792
    • publicly notified resource consent was $9,612.

Drill down into the data using our data tool.

Download the complete dataset for resource consents [Excel, 16,375 KB].

Table 1: Highest total charge to the applicant

Section 88 and section 127 resource consent


Highest total charge to applicant


(controlled land use consent)

Limited notified

(non-complying land use consent)

Publicly notified

(non-complying water permit)

Source: National Monitoring System 2014/15

Note: Section 127 of the RMA allows the holder of a resource consent to apply for a change or cancellation of a consent condition.

Limitations and local authority practices

  • It is not always obvious when consents have been bundled, so it is difficult to determine the total charged to the applicant.     
  • Where a resource consent was processed in conjunction with another, local authorities were often unable to extract figures for deposits, fixed fees and/or total charges on an individual consent basis. In these situations local authorities were asked to average the fixed fee or deposit and total charges over all jointly processed consents. This has distorted the data in relation to total charges.
  • A number of consents had $0 as their deposit and total charged. In certain instances local authorities may waive the fees. However this may not explain all instances of $0.
  • Fixed fees are charges that cover the total cost of an application and which are levied at the start of the process. Fixed charges are not supplemented by additional actual and reasonable charges once the consent process is complete. In comparison, deposits are charges levied at the start of the application process and are supplemented by additional actual and reasonable charges once the resource consent process is complete. It appears that some local authorities may not understand the difference between a ‘fixed fee’ and a ‘deposit’.
  • Some local authorities provided data GST inclusive whilst others excluded GST.  In some cases it could not be verified whether the costs to applicants were inclusive or exclusive of GST. 

See the Act

For more information on the RMA related to this page see the following sections of the Act on the New Zealand Legislation website.