The Resource Management Act and Horizons Regional Council Regional Plans 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 Regional Council and what do require resource consent.
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.
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 or call Horizons Consents Team on freephone 0508 800 800.
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 CD.
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.
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 Senior Consents Planners on freephone 0508 800 800 if you wish to use this service.
There is a cost to process your resource consent. Please click here for further information on what these costs will be.
Your application will be processed with or without notification depending on the level of effects the activity will have on the environment.
This brochure explains how to make a submission on a resource consent application, and what is involved in pre-hearing meetings and a hearing.
This brochure provides a general guideline for the resource consent process, along with general information that you may want to know.