Consulting Affected Parties

Each Resource Consent that is lodged is assessed on how the activity will affect people’s use and enjoyment of the environment in which the activity is to take place.

It is highly recommended that you consult with any potentially affected persons. Consulting can help identify the following:

  • Whether the affected persons will support your proposal or whether they are likely to oppose your application;
  • Whether there are likely to be issues and whether you may be able to resolve them;
  • Whether any or all of the affected persons will provide their written approval for your proposal.

If you can obtain written approval from affected persons your application may not need to be notified, this could reduce processing time and minimise the overall cost of your application.

There is no requirement to consult with affected persons; however it is beneficial to do so, proof that a genuine effort has been undertaken to consult can support an application.  Not all consultations will result in agreement and if written approval is not obtained from affected persons you can still submit your application.

Who do I consult?

Any identified affected persons could include

  • Neighbouring properties;
  • Tangata Whenua, local iwi and hapu;

If you are apply for a resource consent where local iwi and hapu may be potentially affected it is highly recommended that that you discuss your proposal with them as early as possible.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) recognises the relationship between Maori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands.  Section 8 of the RMA requires all persons exercising functions and powers under the RMA in relation to managing the use, development and protection of natural and physical resources shall take into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, therefore council have an obligation to recognise the relationship between Maori and their relationship with the environment and also the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. 

If you are unsure if you need to consult with local Iwi you can contact the dutyplanner at who will advise you further. 

  • Other users of the resource;
  • Any other potentially affected persons

When do I consult?

There is no specified time to consult, though it is recommended that you contact any potentially affected persons as early as possible, giving affected person's time to consider your proposal and extra time to negotiate if the need arises.