Apply for consent

The RMA (Resource Management Act) and Horizons Regional Council One Plan contain rules and guidelines to manage the natural and physical resources of the Horizons Region. These rules outline what activities are allowed without resource consent from Horizons, and what do require resource consent.

What is a resource consent & why do you need one?

Resource consents are tools used to achieve sustainable use of natural and physical resources. They help ensure that the environment we enjoy today will be looked after for future generations.

If you are undertaking the following activities you may need a resource consent.
  • Discharging dairyshed effluent to land
  • Discharging contaminants into water, into air or onto land (discharge permit, e.g. domestic effluent, stormwater)
  • Taking, damming or diverting water (water permit, e.g. for irrigation or stockwater)
  • Using, disturbing or building a structure on a river or lake bed (land use consent eg bridge, culvert, gravel take)
  • Disturbing or clearing vegetation from erosion prone land (land use consent)
  • Using, disturbing or building a structure below the highest point on the coast where the sand gets wet (coastal permit)
Consented activities are monitored to make sure that the conditions are being met.

Sometimes an activity requires more than one resource consent. For example, river protection works may need a land use consent and a water permit. City and district councils also issue consents for some land uses and subdivisions. Contact your local council to check if the activity you are planning requires consent from them.

How do you apply?

Before you can receive your resource consent you need to go through an application process, just the same as with any other license or permit. Talk to us first before you make your application to avoid unnecessary delays and extra costs.
To learn more about each stage of the process view our diagram of the application process.

Horizons provide a one hour free advice service. Contact us to discuss your proposal via email or call Horizons Consents Team on freephone 0508 800 800.

Application forms

Horizons Regional Council have different application forms for the various types of resource consents. These forms are designed to help you provide the information Horizons needs to begin processing your consent application.

You should fully complete the forms and provide as much detail as you can with your application(s). For some proposals we may also require supporting information such as plans, drawings or technical assessments. Where possible we would prefer this information to be provided in electronic format, such as USB, or via email attachment and sent to

The information you provide for your resource consent helps us evaluate the potential effects of your activities on your local environment. It also helps others in the consulting process to clearly understand what you’re intending to do.

Due to the Resource Management Act Amendments in October 2009, we can only accept resource consent applications that have all the necessary information. If applications are deficient we have no option but to send it back.
Application Cover Sheet (Mandatory)
Addition of land titles for dairyshed discharges
Change or cancellation of consent conditions
Change in land use activity to dairy farm
Dairyshed change or cancellation of consent conditions
Dairyshed discharge
Drill, Construct or Alter a Bore
Discharge to air
Discharge to land
Gravel extraction
Gravel extraction return form
Ground water (other, stock or irrigation)
Information sheet for well owners
Information sheet for surface water
Intensive Farming Activity Form
Intensive Farming Planning Form
Land disturbance & vegetation clearance
Removal of land parcels
Surface water (other, stock or irrigation)
Water Well Log Form
Works in a waterbody
Affected party approval form
Large Dam Project Information Memorandum Form
Submission form
Transfer form

We’re here to help

To avoid having your application sent back, we strongly urge you to submit a draft application as early as possible. This means that the Consents Team can review the draft application prior to the actual application lodgement. This can ensure that we advise you what information, if any, we may still require from you.

You can make filling out your resource consent application a lot easier by talking to us first. Horizons Regional Council provide a one hour free advice service to assist you in ensuring you provide all the information we require in the application.

Please contact one of our Consents Planners on freephone 0508 800 800 or via email if you wish to use this service.

Lodgement costs

There is a cost to process your resource consent. Please click here for further information on what these costs will be.

Payment of your lodgement fee can be made by cheque, eftpos, or via internet banking. If you would like to pay your lodgement fee via internet banking please make payment to 02-0630-0024883-003, please insert CONSENT HOLDER NAME in reference and CONSENTS in code.

Where possible payments made through internet banking are preferred.

Processing your application

Your application will be processed with or without notification depending on the level of effects the activity will have on the environment.

  • Non-notified application
    If the environmental effects of your proposed activity are minor, or if required have received written approval(s) from all adversely affect parties, then your application can be processed ‘non-notified’.
  • Limited notified application
    If the environmental effects of your proposed activity are minor and it has been possible to identify all affected parties, then your application can be processed by limited notification.  The only people who can make a submission on a limited notification are those parties directly notified. A submission period of at least 20 working days is allowed for this. If no submissions are received then a decision will be made within 20 working days from close of submissions. Limited Notified applications (excluding hearing) require a fixed preliminary deposit of $6,325.00 (incl GST).
  • Notified application
    Your application is notified when the environmental effects of the proposed activity are not minor. Anyone can make a submission on a notified application during a specified period of at least 20 working days. Notified applications (excluding hearing) require a fixed preliminary deposit of $23,575.00 (incl GST).

Pre-Hearings and Hearings


Pre-Hearings and Hearings

This brochure explains how to make a submission on a resource consent application, and what is involved in pre-hearing meetings and a hearing.

Information on Resource Consents


Information on Resource Consents

This brochure provides a general guideline for the resource consent process, along with general information that you may want to know.

This application form, applicant declaration form, and competencies questionnaire is designed to collect information to support the selection process for employment with Horizons. Please complete the application form in full in addition to providing your CV and covering letter.

This information is collected in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993 for the purpose of assessing your suitability for employment with Horizons Regional Council. If your application is successful, this form, together with any supporting documentation, will be retained on your personal file. If your application is unsuccessful your application and supporting documentation will be retained for 12 months after which time it will be confidentially destroyed. You have the right of access to any personal information and to request any correction you think necessary to ensure its accuracy.

Position applied for:

Personal Details

* Only include your work number if you are happy for us to contact you discretely at work

Qualifications (List most recent qualification first):

Please note that you may be required to provide evidence of your qualifications, including certificates of completion and/or academic transcripts where relevant.

Employment History (List most recent employer first. Further employers may be supplied in CV)


We may contact referees to verify the information you provide as part of the application process. Please ensure that at least one of your referees is your manager/supervisor from your current or most recent employer. Referee checks are generally conducted at the final stage of the selection process and we will inform you prior to contacting your current employer.

By signing this application form you are giving permission for Horizons to seek verbal or written information about you from the referees nominated below, and authorise the information to be released to those involved in the selection process. Please note that referee reports will remain confidential to Horizons Regional Council and will not normally be available to you.


Competencies Assessment

This form is intended to assess your competence against specific Horizons behaviours and values. Please complete using up to date and relevant examples.

Health Declaration and Criminal Offences Declaration

Please note that your responses to the questions on this form will only be considered to the extent that they affect the position applied for. If you are offered employment with Horizons Regional Council, the offer may be made subject to the satisfactory completion of a medical examination (at the expense of Horizons Regional Council). Any false or misleading information given in relation to your medical history, can result in you being ineligible for work-related injury compensation, including the loss of entitlement for any compensation from ACC, and may lead to the termination of your employment.

Criminal Convictions, Traffic Offences, and Charges Pending

The declaration of a criminal conviction or traffic offence will not necessarily impact on your suitability for employment.  Any convictions and/or offences declared will be considered in the first instance by the People & Capability Department against Horizons Regional Council criteria in line with the job description for the position you are applying for.

You may also be required to undergo a criminal history check through the Department of Courts as part of the recruitment process.  Please note that any false or misleading information given in relation to the questions asked below may result in the termination of your employment.

Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004

To be protected by the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004, you must meet all conditions in Section 7 of the Act (set out as a summary below), before your convictions can be withheld. Convictions not meeting these requirements should be declared on this form.

You must have:

  • No convictions within the last seven years; and
  • Never been sentenced to a custodial sentence, eg. imprisonment, corrective training, borstal; and
  • Never been ordered by a Court following a criminal case to be detained in a hospital due to your medical condition, instead of being sentenced; and
  • Not been convicted of a “specified offence” (eg. sexual offending against children and young people or the mentally impaired); and
  • Paid in full any fine, reparation, or cost ordered by the court in a criminal case; and
  • Never been indefinitely disqualified from driving under section 65 Land Transport Act 1998, or earlier equivalent provision.
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By submitting this form I declare that the answers I have given in this Application for Employment form, including the Health Declaration and Criminal Conviction, Traffic Offence, and Charges Pending questions are true and correct to the best of my knowledge.  I understand that if Horizons Regional Council employs me and it is found that the information I have provided is untrue or misleading, or any material fact suppressed, I may face disciplinary action, which may result in the termination of my employment.