Resource consent applications subject to discounts

This page reports on resource consent applications subject to discounts under the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010. 

RMA requirements

Local authorities are required to provide a discount on the administrative charges they impose if they do not process resource consent applications within the relevant RMA timeframes. Discounts can be provided either through the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 or a local authority specific discount policy under section 36AA(3) of the RMA (whichever is the more generous).

Changes to section 36 of the RMA and the development of the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 were driven by the findings of the RMA Survey. The Survey found that over a period of eight years there had been a downward trend in the number of resource consent applications processed on time. Findings from 2007/08 revealed that just 69 per cent of resource consent applications were processed on time, the lowest result for 10 years.

The Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 commenced on 31 July 2010 and only apply to resource consent applications lodged on or after 31 July 2010.

2014/15

  • 1,262 resource consents were not processed within statutory timeframes.
    • 361 discounts between $1 and $31,128 were provided by local authorities to applicants. The value of an additional 44 discounts provided was not available. 
    • The total value of the discounts provided by local authorities to applicants was $457,321.
    • The average discount provided was $1,267.

Drill down into the data using our data tool.

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

Limitations and local authority practices

  • There were 901 instances where a local authority stated ‘not applicable’ or ‘data not available’ in response to whether a resource consent was processed within the statutory timeframe.
  • Several local authorities were unable to provide information pertaining to charges. One reason for this was that some local authorities' financial systems were not linked to their resource consenting systems.
  • Some local authorities provided GST inclusive data, others excluded GST.  In some cases it could not be verified whether the costs to applicants were inclusive or exclusive of GST. This affects the accuracy and comparability of the data.
  • It appears that not all discounts provided to applicants were discounts in relation to the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010.
  • Many local authorities bundled charges across more than one resource consent. This occured in a variety of ways, for example:
    • charges were averaged across all the resource consents within the bundle  
    • charges were recorded against one of the resource consents within the bundle and $0 was recorded against the other resource consent(s) that completed the bundle.

See the Act and regulations

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

Reviewed:
14/06/16