Resource consents processed within statutory time limits

This page reports on resource consents processed within statutory time limits.

RMA requirements

The RMA sets statutory time limits for local authorities to process resource consent applications and details how to determine whether these time limits have been met. 

Compliance with statutory time limits is determined by counting the number of working days from the first full day after the application enters the local authority building to the day the decision on the application is issued to the applicant. Time taken for particular activities specified in the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 is exluded from the count of working days.

  • Working days (as per the RMA) are any day of the week except weekends, public holidays and the Christmas and New Year period (from 20 December to 10 January in the following year).

2014/15

  • 96 per cent of all section 88 (new) resource consents were processed within the statutory time limits. Of these:
    • 91 per cent of publicly notified consents were processed within the statutory time limits
    • 91 per cent of limited notified consents were processed within the statutory time limits
    • 96 per cent of non-notified consents were processed within the statutory time limits.
  • 96 per cent of all section 127 (change/cancellation of conditions) resource consents were processed within the statutory time limits. Of these:
    • 100 per cent of publicly notified consents were processed within the statutory time limits
    • 86 per cent of limited notified consents were processed within the statutory time limits
    • 96 per cent of non-notified consents were processed within the statutory time limits.
  • Under the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 certain stages in the resource consenting process are excluded from being counted towards the total number of statutory processing days taken (lapsed statutory processing days). This means that the number of actual working days taken to process a resource consent (lapsed working days) will often exceed the number of lapsed statutory processing days (see Tables 1 and 2). When determining whether a resource consent has been processed on time - lapsed statutory processing days (not lapsed working days) are counted (Table 1).

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Table 1: Lapsed statutory processing days versus lapsed working days for section 88 (new) resource consent applications, by notification type

 

Lapsed statutory processing days

Lapsed working days 

RMA time limits

(statutory processing days)

Non-notified

16

22

20 

Limited notification (no hearing)

58

116

60 

Limited notification (with hearing)

62

123

100 

Public notification (no hearing)

46

80

60 

Public notification (with hearing)

58

146

130 

Source: National Monitoring System 2014/15

Note: See RMA requirements (below) for definitions of statutory processing days and working days.

Table 2: Lapsed statutory processing days versus lapsed working days for non-notified resource consents, by consent type

Resource consent type

Lapsed statutory processing days

Lapsed working days

Min

Max

Mean

Median

RMA

time limit

 

Min

Max

Mean

Median

Land use

0

1,201

16

15

20

0

1,863

30

19

Subdivision

0

1,390

18

17

20

0

1,870

40

22

Combined land use and subdivision

0

408

23

19

20

1

2,556

66

45

Water permits

0

1,666

37

20

20

1

2,845

126

42

Discharge permits

0

3,024

33

19

20

0

4,126

64

27

Coastal permits

0

2,300

21

14

20

0

2,053

45

21

 

Source: National Monitoring System 2014/15

Note: See RMA requirements (below) for definitions of statutory processing days and working days.

Limitations and local authority practices

  • The ways local authorities calculate statutory working days vary.
  • There appears to be errors in the administration of some resource consents (eg, a resource consent is identified as a land use consent when the description of the activity relates to a ground water take).
  • The working days that lapse while a local authority awaits full payment of an administrative charge may be excluded from the calculation of statutory processing days. However, some local authorities continue to process the application during this period. This may result in zero statutory working days lapsing during the processing of a resource consent.
  • There are instances where either no data on a process or partial data is provided by a local authority. Some local authorities have provided estimates for certain responses rather than actual data. For example, Thames-Coromandel District Council were unable to provide data on statutory timeframes for resource consents for the majority of applications they processed. Therefore, the figure of four per cent applications processed on time doesn't reflect the Council's actual performance.

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