The Resource Management Act 1991 sets the number of working days that are allowed for each step of processing and making decisions on resource consent applications.

Non-notified consents

A non-notified consent means that the Otago Regional Council has determined there is no need for public consultation, and/or all affected persons have given approval.

What the Council must do The expected time limit
Check an application is complete 10 working days from the date an application is received
Make a decision 20 working days from the date a complete application with deposit is received

Limited notified consents

A limited notified consent means that affected persons have a chance to have their say on how they believe the proposal will impact them. ORC will identify who is affected and must consider a person affected if the adverse effects on them from the activity, if allowed, are going to be at least "minor".

What the Council must do The expected time limit
Check an application is complete 10 working days from the date an application with deposit is received
Advise affected persons that they can make a submission 20 working days from the date a complete application is received
Receive submissions 20 working days from the date affected persons were advised
Make a decision if there’s no hearing 20 working days from the date submissions closed
Close a hearing 45 working days after the close of submissions
Release a decision after close of hearing 15 working days from the date the hearing closes

Publicly notified consents

A publicly notified consent means that ORC is seeking input from the public.

Generally, we do this when the rules in the various Regional Plans for Otago and the National Environmental Standards let us, and if we think the effects on the environment are likely to be more than minor.

By notifying the application and letting people have their say, their participation can provide useful evidence that make the final decision better.

What the Council must do The expected time limits
Check an application is complete 10 working days from the date an application with deposit is received
Advertise in a public newspaper 20 working days from the date a complete application is received
Receive submissions 20 working days from the date the application is publicly notified
Make a decision if there’s no hearing 20 working days from the date submissions closed
Close a hearing 75 working days after close of submissions
Release a decision after close of hearing 15 working days from the date the hearing closes

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Page last updated 22 June 2024.