Apply for consent

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.

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 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 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.

Application Cover Sheet (Mandatory)
Addition of land titles for dairyshed discharges
Change or cancellation of consent conditions
Dairyshed change or cancellation of consent conditions
Dairyshed discharge
Change in land use activity to dairy farm
Change in land use and discharge activities for intensive farming
Existing land use for intensive farming
Discharge to air
Discharge to land
Gravel extraction
Gravel extraction return form
Ground water (other, stock or irrigation)
Drill, Construct or Alter a Bore
Water Well Log Form
Information sheet for well owners
Land disturbance & vegetation clearance
Surface water (other, stock or irrigation)
Information sheet for surface water
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 Senior Consents Planners on freephone 0508 800 800 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.

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.