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Public Enquiries - help with resource consents

Need help understanding our rules, plans, and national legislation?


We can help. We have a dedicated Resource Consent Public Enquiries team that will offer you advice on rules and plans no matter where you are in the process, saving you time and worry. 40% of the enquiries we deal with don’t even need a consent as they fall under ‘permitted activity’ rules. You can find this out pretty quickly by talking to our team.

Most enquiries do need a bit of research, so they’ll delve into our plans and rules (which are huge documents), unpick them, and turn it all into plain English for you.


It doesn't matter if you have already started

If you have already started your resource consent application or know that you’ll need resource consent and would like us to review your draft, then we can do that too. You can book a pre-application meeting to sit down and chat about your proposal and/or send in your plans and draft application for us to provide feedback on. It will save you time in the long run! 


How much is it and how long does it take?

The first 30 minutes are free of charge, and that is often enough time to answer most consent queries. If you have documents or a draft resource consent application for us to review then this will likely take longer than 30 minutes and it’s best if you can provide us with the documents or plans in advance of your meeting.
As a rough estimate a pre-application may cost between $80 - $300 depending on the proposal. This includes staff time taken to review any documents provided to us for the meeting, any administration spent on the application or other research involved. We will also let you know if things are going to be more complicated than an email or phone call when you get in touch. The below booking form is a great way to let us know when suits you best to talk.


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