Much of the information on these pages has not yet been updated to reflect changes in processes arising from the Resource Management Amendment Act 2009. Care should be exercised in reading and using the information on these pages.
Most people have heard of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), but not everyone is sure what the Act means to them. Use our Getting in on the Act guide to find out what the RMA does, how it works, and how it affects you in your daily life. If you want more detail on a specific process, use the sections below.
Some activities can affect the environment. Whether you’ll need a resource consent and what type of consent you’ll need will depend on what type of activity you are proposing and how the activity is classified in the council plan. Use this section of the site to find out what you need to do to apply for a resource consent.
If the council decides that the effects of a proposed activity are more than minor, or that there are affected persons, you will have a chance to have your say. Use this section of the site to find out how.
Councils have to create district or city plans, and regional councils may create regional plans, that explain how the council will manage the environment. Council plans set out objectives, policies and rules to address resource management issues in the area. You can get involved in the council plan preparation or plan change process by making a submission on a proposed plan, plan change or plan variation. Use this section of the site to find out how.
Areas of land can be designated for use by requiring authorities as network utilities or public works. This means that works can be carried out without the subsequent need to comply with district plan rules. The process for designating land is similar to a resource consent application and you can be involved in the process and have your say. Use this section of the site to find out how.
Last updated: 16 January 2009