A resource consent lets you carry out activities while protecting the environment and staying compliant with regulations. It allows the use of natural resources like water, air, land, and the coast under specific conditions. The process considers environmental impacts and promotes sustainability. If your activity affects the Otago environment, the friendly ORC consents team is here to help you navigate the rules and get the necessary consent. Find out which activities need consent here.

Coastal permits

Any sort of building on the foreshore restricts public access to, and along, that piece of coast. Our Regional Plan: Coast for Otago has rules in place to protect the cultural, natural and amenity values of the coastal marine environment.

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Contaminated land

Contaminants in soil can cause adverse effects on both human health and the environment through both short-term and long-term exposure. You can find the HAIL (Hazardous Activities and Industries List) database here.

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Dam consenting requirements

A dam's safety is dependent on its design and construction, how it is operated, and how its maintained.

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Doing works in or around wetlands

There are different rules depending on the type of wetland and what activity you are proposing to do in or near wetlands.

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Dust suppression

Our road maintenance protects you from negative environmental effects, such as dust generation on unsealed roads.

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Farming consents

Here are the rules that apply to farming activities, with information on when you might need a resource consent, useful links, relevant dates and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Fish passage and instream structures

New Zealand has more than 50 species of native freshwater and sports fish. It’s important that in-stream structures such as culverts and weirs are designed to allow for fish passage.

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Gravel extraction

We work with the community to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources. One such way is by ensuring the safe and sustainable extraction of alluvium (rock, gravel, sand and silt).

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Private water supplies

Some properties source their water from private bores, tapping into underground aquifers. Protect your health by securing your borehead to prevent contamination and regularly test the water to meet NZ Drinking Water Standards.

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Residential earthworks

Earthworks are a necessary part of preparing land for residential development, but if the right practices aren’t used, soil can be lost to water bodies.

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Sale or purchase of blocks of land

When there's a sale or purchase of blocks of land, the NES Freshwater Regulations 2020 affect the rules for intensive winter grazing on farms over 20 hectares. Find more information on how buying or selling land can affect your winter grazing.

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Sediment traps

Find out about standards for traps, if you need a resource consent and to access an application form.

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Willow removal

Willows are a group of introduced tree species that were brought to New Zealand in the early 1800s and widely planted for bank stability.

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Rivers, lakes and wetands - working in or around

There are both regional and national rules which that may apply to doing works in and around rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

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Contact consents

If you don't see your activity listed or are still unsure about how to apply for a resource consent, please contact our helpful consents team

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If you would like more information or help from the consents team, please call 0800 474 082 or email consent.enquiries@orc.govt.nz

Coming soon is a "Do I need a consent?" tool, which will make it easy to know if you need permission for your project. Just answer a few questions to see if your project follows the rules. It will save time and help you make smart choices with our easy-to-use tool for checking resource consent. In the meantime, if you need any help please get in touch.

Page last updated 8 July 2024.