Need a Building or a Resource Consent?

Below is the process and check list to follow to see if you need a building and/or resource consent. Please note that the processes for applying for resource consent changed from 3 March 2015. What it means is that the onus is now on the applicant to provide full and complete information so staff can make a decision on whether to accept the application or not

Getting Started

Step 1: Preliminary Planning. Please look here first before going to any other steps.
Step 2: Confirm whether Resource Consent is required. As part of this step you should just check whether you need to get:

  • Certificate of Existing Use to confirm that no consent is required
  • Certificate of Compliance for a change in activity
  • Project Information Memorandum (PIM) for more complex jobs

Resource Consent Process

Step 3: Prepare an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)
Step 4: Seek Approval from Affected Person/s
Step 5: Apply for Resource Consent
Step 6: Notified Applications and Hearings
Step 7: Resource Consent Decisions

Building Consent Process

Our Council has now joined the Waikato Building Consenting Group, which provides consistent administration of building consents across the eight member councils. There is a six-month transition period over the second half of 2016.

More information on the Waikato Building Consenting Group is available from their website.

Step 8: Final Design Plans and Specifications
Step 9: Get a Confirmation of Exempt Work or
Step 10: Apply for a Building Consent

Completing Your Project

Step 11: Start Building
Step 12: Changes During Construction
Step 13: Inspections During Construction
Step 14: Get a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC)
Step 15: Ensure Ongoing Compliance


District Plan

Our District Plan became operative in April 2010. A Proposed District Plan was notified in December 2013. Some Proposed District Plan rules already have legal effect, while others are still under submission or legal challenge. The District Plan contains rules that may affect your plans for a new structure, activity or subdivision.
You can read the District Plan online and by PDF here, and learn about the District Plan review process here.

What is a District Plan?
  • It's our Council's plan for how it will sustainably manage the district’s resources through policies and rules. 
  • A tool to address the effects of land use, noise and subdivision.
  • A tool to address issues like biodiversity, natural hazards, hazardous substances and soil conservation.

Note: A District Plan works in combination with other regional and national plans, policies, standards and laws.

Online Consent Tracking

What is Online Consent Tracking?

An online tool which allows stakeholders to track the progress of a resource or building consent application and look up old documents relating to a property. This tool links directly with the Council’s document management system and database.

What can it tell me about a resource or building consent application?
  • If it’s been lodged, when and what for.
  • Any supporting documentation.
  • If it’s been initially accepted and passed to a processing officer.
  • If it’s been notified.
  • If it’s been approved.
When should I use it?
  • To track the progress of your own resource or building consent application.
  • To find out about resource or building consent applications which may affect you.
  • To look up old planning and building documents attached to a property, where available.
How do I use it?