Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions relating to resource consents:
Possibly. This is dependent on your proposed activity. Let us know if you’re also applying to a district or city council for a consent (such as earthworks or a subdivision consent) as part of your proposal. If your application needs to be publicly notified, we may have to hold a joint council hearing to decide on your application.
Yes. You can ask someone else, such as a consultant, to apply for your resource consent on your behalf. They should be listed under the name and address for service on the GWRC resource consent application form. We will deal with this person throughout the consent application process. Before you sign the application, make sure you read everything the consultant has prepared for you.
You can help reduce costs and avoid delays in processing your application if you:
If you want to keep using your consent after it expires, you will need to apply for a new consent. GWRC will notify you of the impending expiry of your consent. There are some important timeframes for you to be aware of when lodging a replacement application:
If you don’t use your consent within five years of your consent being approved, it will lapse and you will not be able to use it. There may be instances where conditions on your consent specify a shorter period than five years. If you don’t want your consent to lapse, you can apply for an extension of lapse time – but you need to do this before your consent lapses.
Also, if you start using your resource consent then stop using it altogether for five years or more, we can cancel it.
If you no longer need your resource consent, you can surrender it. However, you’ll still be liable for any past breaches of consent conditions. You may also be required to complete any works the consent authorises. Once you’ve surrendered your consent you can’t reactivate it, and you need to apply for a new consent if you change your mind.
To surrender your consent, download our Surrender of Permit form.
You can transfer your consent to any other person who wants to undertake the same activity at the same site. If you have a water permit, you can transfer it to someone at a different site. Until your consent is transferred, you’ll be liable for any ongoing monitoring charges. So if you sell your operation or property, contact us and we’ll arrange the transfer. The processing charge for transferring a consent is $126.50.
To transfer your consent to another person at the same site, download our Change of resource consent holder form.
You can apply to GWRC to change or cancel any of your resource consent conditions, except for the expiry date. If the changes you propose will have only minor effects on the environment, your application will be processed on a non-notified basis. The initial fixed application fee for processing your non-notified application is $506 (incl. GST). If your application requires limited or full notification, the initial fixed application fee will be $5,060.00 (limited notified) or $10,120.00 (fully notified).
To change conditions on your resource consent, download our Application to change or cancel resource consent conditions form.
This is dependent on the nature and scale of your activity. Consultation aims to identify how other people may be affected by your proposal and how you can modify your proposal to overcome any negative effects on them. In most cases, thorough consultation helps the smooth processing of your application. Your application will need to identify who you consulted, along with their names, addresses, telephone numbers and who they represent.
If the effects of your proposal are minor and you would like your application to be considered as non-notified, you should try to get the written approval of all people or organisations who may be affected by your proposal. Potentially affected parties may include:
To obtain written approvals, download our Written Approval of Affected Persons form.
If you a not satisfied with a decisions made by GWRC, you can object to certain decisions under section 357 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). Common decisions made by GWRC that you may object to include:
Any objection must be made in writing and received no later than 15 working days after a decision was made.
GWRC recommends that prior to lodging an objection that you talk through your concerns with us as any issues may be able to be resolved without the need of lodging a formal objection.
To read more about appeals, download our Objections and Appeals brochure.
You should carefully read all conditions on your resource consent. Your conditions may require you to:
If you are unsure about any aspects of your consent conditions, it is important that you contact us.