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You can find Otago Regional Council’s resource consent application forms below.

Once you’ve completed the necessary forms you can post them, drop them into one of our offices or lodge the consent by emailing consents.applications@orc.govt.nz. Please include ‘consent application’ in the subject line. 

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Your application must be accompanied by the correct fee or deposit. We cannot process your application until the fee or deposit has been paid. Applications that do not have a fee or deposit with them, will be returned. If you are unsure about how much you need to pay, please contact us before lodging your application

Information on ways to pay your deposit can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of this page. See the Fees and Charges page for more information on what it's likely to cost.

For dams and effluent ponds you may also need a building consent from Otago Regional Council. Find out more here.

The information you provide with your application, which includes all associated reports and attachments, is official information. See more here on privacy and your consent application.  

Application forms

Start here - Form 1

Form 1 - Resource Consent Application
This must be completed for all consent applications made to Council. If multiple consents are required for an activity, Form 1 only needs be completed once.

Form 2 - Application to dam water
Use this form for activities that seek to impound water behind a structure within a watercourse.

 

Form 3 - Application to divert water
Use this form for activities that seek to alter the flow path of a watercourse.

 

Form 4 - Application to take and use surface water 
Use this form if you wish to take water from a water body, including rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands, springs, modified watercourses or drains (that are not located within the coastal marine area).

Note: This form has been updated to include the requirement to assess your application against the Proposed Water Permits Plan Change (Plan Change 7). Resource consent is currently required under both the Regional Plan: Water and Proposed Water Permits Plan Change. Please read the guidance at the start of the form about how that plan change will affect your application. Read the plan change and supporting information in full here.

 

Form 4 - Completeness Checklist

 

Form 4B - Application to use and maintain a water race
Use this form if you are the holder of a deemed permit seeking clarification of your rights over another's land, for the purpose of registration against that title of land.

 

Form 5 - Application to take and use groundwater
Use this form if you wish to take and use groundwater

 

Form 16 - Application to transfer the site of a surface water or groundwater take
Use this form if you are a consent holder of a current water permit to take surface water or groundwater who would like to apply to transfer their permit to another site, if both sites are in the same catchment/aquifer, in accordance with section 136(4) and 136(5)(b).

 

Form 24 - Application for exemption to use a water measuring device near water source
Application for exemption to use a water measuring device or system installed near (instead of at) the location from which water is taken.

Form 6 - Application to discharge contaminants to land
Use this form if you wish to discharge contaminants to land.

For domestic wastewater discharges to land use Form 6A. 
Application to discharge from contaminated sites use Form 18.

Form 6A - Application to discharge wastewater to land
Use this form if you wish to discharge domestic-type sewage or wastewater to land. E.g. from households or small-scale commercial operations (this includes motels, campgrounds, tearooms, restaurants and public toilets).

Form 7 - Application to discharge Water or contaminants to water
Use this form if you wish to discharge contaminants to water. 
For discharges of farm effluent use Form 7A. 
For discharges resulting from instream gravel extractions use Form 14.

Form 7A - Application to discharge dairy and/or piggery effluent to water
Use this form if you wish to discharge farm effluent to water.

Form 8 - Application to discharge contaminants to air
Use this form for activities that seek to discharge contaminants to air.

Form 8A - Application to discharge contaminants to air from combustion processes
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from combustion processes within the Otago Region including the Coastal Marine Area. This includes incinerators and boilers but excludes domestic fires and outdoor burning.

Form 8B - Application to discharge contaminants to air from quarry or mining processes
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from quarry or mining activities within the Otago Region.

Form 8C - Application to discharge contaminants to air from wood processing industries
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from wood processing industries within the Otago Region for the purpose of operating a wood processing plant.

Form 8D - Application to discharge contaminants to air from abrasive blasting
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from abrasive blasting operations within the Otago Region, including the Coastal Marina Area, for the purpose of operating an abrasive blasting booth or mobile abrasive blasting operation.

Form 8E - Application to discharge contaminants to air from fibre glass product manufacture
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from the manufacture of fibre glass products within the Otago Region.

Form 8F - Application to discharge to air from effluent pond
Use this form if you wish to discharge contaminants to air, including odour, from farm waste management.

Form 9A – Land Use Consent to construct a bore or drill over an aquifer
Use this form if you wish to construct, drill or alter a bore or well, or if you wish to dredge, dig, pile drive over an aquifer (including drilling for geological investigation, drilling for geotechnical investigation or drilling for groundwater investigation).

Form 9B – Land Use Consent to drill on a contaminated site
Use this form if you are seeking to drill holes for investigating a site to determine whether it is contaminated or if it is known to be contaminated, also to drill holes to install permanent/temporary monitoring wells for soil or groundwater.

Form 10A – Land Use Consent for structures in, on or over the bed of a waterbody
Use this form for applications to erect, place, extend, alter, replace, reconstruct or demolish any structure in, on or over the bed of a waterbody e.g. bridges, culverts, boardwalks, pipes, cables, steps, buildings, fords, retaining walls, gabion baskets, jetties, planting etc.

Form 10B – Land Use Consent for drainage maintenance and stream clearing works
Use this form for activities relating to stream clearing works for the purposes of land drainage, sediment removal and vegetation removal etc.

Form 11 - Land use consent application for mining
Use this form if for mining activities that occur within the bed of a watercourse.
For gravel extraction from the bed of a watercourse use Form 14.

Form 18 - Application to disturb a contaminated site
Use this form if you wish to undertake disturbance of a contaminated sites. This includes the discharge of contaminants to water, air or into or onto land, and the deposition of contaminants into or onto land.

Section 62(3) of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 requires that where the activity occurs over an area where a Customary Marine Title has been applied for, the applicant must notify and seek the views of the group who have applied for the Customary Marine Title prior to applying for resource consent. Prior to lodging resource consent for any activities in the coastal marine area, please ensure that consultation with all Customary Marine Title Group applicants who have applied for a title over the coastal marine area that may be affected by the application is undertaken. Current applications can be viewed here.

Form 12 - Coastal Permit - General
Use this form for all activities within the coastal marine area.
For moorings use Form 12A; and for boatsheds, jetties, slipways etc - use Form 12B

Form 12A - Coastal Permit - Mooring
Use this form for applications to occupy the coastal marine area with new and existing moorings.

Form 12B - Coastal Permit - Boatsheds, jetties, Slipways etc
Use this form for applications to occupy the coastal marine area with existing structures.

Form 12C - Permitted Transfer of Swing Mooring
Notice of Transfer of Swing Mooring Location under Permitted Activity Rule 8.5.1.3 of the Regional Plan: Coast).

Form 14A - Application to extract gravel from the bed of a river


Form 14B - Application to extract gravel from the bed of a river (small/short term extractions)


Use these forms if you wish to extract gravel from the bed of a watercourse. Form 14B should be used for small or one off gravel extraction applications where a term of less than two years is sought

Form 8A - Written approval of affected persons

 

Form 15 - Notice of transfer of holder of permit
Use this form if you are seeking to transfer ownership of whole or part of a resource consent or deemed permit. This excludes those in the coastal marine area - use Form 17.

Form 15A - Notice of Transmission of deceased ownership
Use this form if you need to transfer a permit from someone recently deceased.

Form 20 - Surrender of a resource consent
Use this form if you wish to surrender your resource consent.

Form 22 - Application to change or cancel consent conditions 
Use this form if you wish to change or cancel consent conditions.

Water Quality Plan Changes

The Environmental Protection Authority has notified Otago’s Water Quality Plan Changes (also known as “Omnibus”) which propose new regulations to improve water quality in Otago.

It includes Plan Change 8 (Discharge management) to the Water Plan and covers a range of topics including intensive grazing, effluent discharges and stock exclusion. Read more about what the proposed new rules cover here.

The new rules may not apply to you yet, but please contact our consents team on 0800 47 082 or customerservices@orc.govt.nz before making a resource consent application.  

Form 23 - Discharge of animal waste

Form 25 - Use of land for an animal waste system EXISTING

Form 26 - Discharge of dust suppressants

Form 27 - Use of land for intensive grazing

Form 27a - Intensive Winter Grazing Policy Assessment Help Sheet

Form 28 - Use of land for residential development earthworks

Form 29 - Use of land for an animal waste system NEW SYSTEM

  

Ways to Pay Your Consent Deposit

Pay online through Bank of New Zealand using your Mastercard or Visa credit card. (a 2% merchant fee will apply).

Pay your consent deposit online now using our secure credit card payment page

To pay your consent deposit via electronic banking select 'Otago Regional Council – Sundry Payments' from the pre-loaded payees on your bank's bill payment internet site and complete the fields as prompted.

To set up Otago Regional Council as a payee use our account number:  02-0900-0532547-00, Bank of New Zealand, Dunedin Branch.

Please quote the Applicant’s company or an individual’s surname and initial in the Particulars field, consent number (if known) in the Code Field, and “deposit” in the Reference field.

Pay in person at any of the Otago Regional Council offices – Dunedin, Queenstown or Alexandra (Eftpos, cash or cheque. Credit Card payments are no longer accepted over the counter. See “Credit Card” above for how to pay with a Credit Card online).

Check our office locations and addresses.

If you are submitting your application via post, you may include a cheque for your deposit with your application.

    

Privacy and your consent application

The information you provide with your application, which includes all associated reports and attachments, is official information. It will be used to process your application and, together with other official information, assist in the management of the region’s natural and physical resources. Access to information held by the Otago Regional Council is administered in accordance with the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and Privacy Act 1993.  Your information may be disclosed in accordance with the terms of these Acts.  Information in the application may also be made available on the Otago Regional Council website.

The Otago Regional Council may withhold information in certain circumstances. It is therefore important you advise the Otago Regional Council about any concern you may have about disclosure of any of the information, which includes all associated reports and attachments, you have provided in this application (e.g. protection of personal information, trade secrets, commercially sensitive material, information which, if released, may cause serious offence to tikanga Maori, or any other information you consider should not be disclosed.

While the Otago Regional Council may still have to disclose information under the above legislation, it can take into account any concern you wish to raise.

   

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