You must apply for resource consent when you plan to carry out activities that:
- are not permitted "as of right" in the district or regional plan or
- exceed the rules of the district or regional plan in some way.
Activities are broken up into , ranging from those that have limited environmental impact, to those with the potential to pose a major risk.
To find out whether you need to apply for resource consent, you will find the rules and controls relating to specific activities by referring to the relevant section of the .
It is important to remember that it is an offence if you do not obtain consent when a resource consent is needed.
If you believe that your proposed activity is permitted or can be carried out without resource consent, you may wish to apply for a .
The particular level that your proposed activity falls into will determine:
- whether or not you need to apply for a resource consent, and
- the degree of discretion that local authorities have to either restrict or permit your proposed activity.
The five different levels of activity are:
No resource consent is required for these activities. However, the district plan may stipulate certain standards that must be complied with for the activity to be permitted (eg noise, maximum height, building coverage and floor area controls, etc). See also
A resource consent is required for these activities. The consent will be granted, but local authorities have the discretion to impose conditions to control the effects of the activity.
There are two types of controlled activities
- Restricted controlled activities
These are activities listed in the district plan which will be considered without notification or the need to obtain written approval of affected persons (unless special circumstances exist).
- Controlled activities
In some circumstances, these may have characteristics which can cause adverse impacts on the surrounding environment. To avoid this, conditions can be applied relating to:
- design and external appearance of buildings and other structures
- landscape design, site layout location and design of vehicular and pedestrian access to and from the site
- control of minor adverse effects on the environment
A resource consent is required. Local authorities assess consent applications at this level according to criteria set out in the relevant district/regional plan, and have the discretion to grant or refuse the consent.
The district plan provides for three types of discretionary activities
Restricted discretionary activities
These are activities listed in the district plan which will be considered without notification or the need to obtain the written approval of affected persons (unless special circumstances exist).
Listed discretionary activities
Some activities, because of their scale, location, intensity, or operational characteristics require particular assessment to determine whether they are suitable.
Development control modifications
The development controls in the district plan are designed to control the effect of activities on the environment and amenity of the district. In certain circumstances, the characteristics of a site may make strict compliance with development controls inappropriate. The district plan therefore provides the opportunity for these controls to be modified.
A discretionary activity must be assessed to determine if it will have any effects on the surrounding area such as traffic generation, noise, design and appearance.
A resource consent is required. Non-complying activities are activities that are not necessarily prohibited, but which:
- breach standards contained in a district/regional plan, or
- are not provided for in the plans.
Consent for these activities will only be granted if:
- any adverse environmental effects they may have is minor, or
- the activities are not contrary to the objectives and policies of the relevant plan.
Resource consent applications will not be accepted for these activities, which are those that are specified as prohibited under a district or regional plan. The only way to change the status of prohibited activities is to change the plans themselves.
Auckland City has three sections to its district plan that relate to different areas of our regulatory boundary. These are:
- - Operative since 1999. This section of the plan covers the main Auckland city urban area excluding the central area and is available for viewing on this site. We have also provided a for the Auckland Isthmus because the zone you are in will affect whether you need to apply for a resource consent for your proposed activity or development.
- - Operative since 2004. This section covers the main commercial area of the Auckland central business district.
- - Operative since 1996. This section covers all areas/islands administered by Auckland City in the Hauraki Gulf, including Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands and is available for viewing on this site. For information on zoning (land units and policy areas) for the Hauraki Gulf Islands check out the