Requests for further information

This page has reporting of requests for further information on resource consent applications under section 92 of the RMA. 

RMA requirements

Local authorities can use RMA section 92(1) to ask an applicant to provide further information to help assess and make a decision on a resource consent application.

On 3 March 2015, changes relating to section 92(1) requests and suspensions of resource consent processing time came into effect (Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 (section 88C)). Prior to 3 March 2015, the processing clock could be stopped for all section 92(1) requests for further information. 

For applications received on or after 3 March 2015, the processing clock can only be stopped once and only if the request occurs before the notification decision. Following any decision to notify, section 92(1) further information requests cannot stop the processing clock.

Local authorities can use 92(2) to commission a person to prepare a report on any matter relating to the application if the local authority considers that the proposed activity may have a significant adverse environmental effect.

2014/15

  • Local authorities requested further information under section 92(1) on 32 per cent (11,431) of all section 88 (new) resource consent applications processed to a decision (to grant or decline).
  • Discretionary activities had the greatest proportion of requests for futher information (4,781 resource consents) (see Table 1 below).
  • The proportion of requests for further information increased as the activity status of a resource consent increased. For resource consents processed to a decision (to grant or decline) further information under section 92(1) was requested on:
    • 18 per cent of controlled activity resource consents
    • 31 per cent of restricted discretionary resource consents
    • 34 per cent of discretionary activity resource consents
    • 44 per cent of non-complying activity resource consents. 
  • The proportion of resource consents processed to a decision with requests under section 92(1) (further information) and 92(2) (further information in the form of a commissioned report) has gradually decreased since 2010/11 (see Table 2 below).

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Table 1: Number of further information requests under section 92(1), by consent type and activity status (section 88 (new) resource consents)

 

Controlled

Restricted discretionary

Discretionary

Non-complying

Not applicable or no data available

Total

Coastal permit

22

5

237

16

2

282
(3%)

Water permit

20

46

331

66

0

463
(4%)

Discharge permit

82

113

369

23

15

602
(5%)

Land use consent

367

2,755

2,898

1,086

138

7,244
(63%)

Subdivision consent

487

432

592

363

105

1,979
(17%)

Combined land use & subdivision

12

286

354

172

37

861
(8%)

Total

990
(9%)

3,637
(32%)

4,781
(42%)

1,726
(15%)

297
(3%)

11,431

Source: National Monitoring System 2014/15

Note: Not applicable or no data available—relates to resource consents that had further information requested, however had either ‘not applicable’ or ‘data not available’ noted as their activity class.

Table 2: Number of further information requests under sections 92(1) and 92(2), by local authority type 

 

2010/
11

2012/
13

s88 consents
2014/15

s92(1)

s92(2)

Total

Regional councils

2,446
(26%)

1,416
(19%)

961

183

1,144
(13%)

Territorial authorities

5,292
(37%)

5,003
(32%)

4,694

49

4,743
(30%)

Unitary authorities

4,826
(38%)

4,493
(39%)

5,776

9

5,785
(37%)

Total

12,564
(35%)

10,912
(32%)

11,431

241

11,672
(30%)

Source: National Monitoring System 2014/15, RMA Survey 2010/11 and 2012/13

Note 1: The percentages provided are the percentage of resource consents processed to a decision (grant or decline) that required further information.
Note 2: 2010/11 and 2012/13 data excludes section 127 and 128 consents; and includes both section 92(1) and section 92(2) requests.

RMA requirements

Local authorities can use RMA section 92(1) to ask an applicant to provide further information to help assess and make a decision on a resource consent application.

On 3 March 2015, changes relating to section 92(1) requests and suspensions of resource consent processing time came into effect (Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 (section 88C)). Prior to 3 March 2015, the processing clock could be stopped for all section 92(1) requests for further information. 

For applications received on or after 3 March 2015, the processing clock can only be stopped once and only if the request occurs before the notification decision. Following any decision to notify, section 92(1) further information requests cannot stop the processing clock.

Local authorities can use 92(2) to commission a person to prepare a report on any matter relating to the application if the local authority considers that the proposed activity may have a significant adverse environmental effect.

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.

Reviewed:
14/06/16