If you require a resource consent, you will need to make sure you have all of the relevant information.
You can prepare the application yourself; however, it is often advisable to talk to a planning consultant. They can advise on the merits of your activity and if required prepare the resource consent application on your behalf.
We provide a free pre-application service. We will meet with you before you submit your application to ensure your application contains all the necessary information. What a pre-application meeting covers:
- whether you need a resource consent by under the Tauranga City Plan
- assessment criteria that needs to be addressed in your application
- calculating the fee required to lodge the application
- identifying the minimum information requirements that need to accompany the application
- explaining the general resource consent process and the statutory timeframes
- discussion about people and properties possibly affected by your proposal.
You need to bring:
- the address of the land where the proposed activity is to occur and a clear idea of what you are proposing
- site photos and preliminary site plans, floor plan and elevation drawings for the activity.
- You can also speak to the duty planner for information about rules that may affect your proposed activity.
You can get an application form below or from Council’s customer service centre. The application forms set out the required information, including:
- relevant development plans
- a recent Certificate of Title
- an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)
An assessment of environmental effects (AEE) is a key component of a resource consent application the requirements for an AEE are set out in the Resource Management Act 1991 under Schedule 4.
An AEE considers the environment effects created by your proposal, in particular the adverse effects created by the non-compliances. AEE’s vary in size depending on the number, scale and type of non-compliances in your proposal.
Once your application is complete, lodge it with us for processing. If your application has missing information it will be returned to you advising what additional information is required. If your application is accepted you will be advised by an acknowledgement letter.
Lodging an application
Staff only carry out site visits once an application has been formally lodged.
You can now lodge resource consents online through a secure file transfer.
Client secure file upload instructions (236kb pdf)
If all documentation is uploaded online, then no hard copies are required. Once you’ve loaded your files, email email@example.com and let us know you’ve lodged.
All applications attract a lodgement fee (see our planning fees and charges) except for non-notified restricted discretionary land use consent applications for protected trees made under Chapter 6 of the City Plan. A lodgement fee must accompany an application when lodged and can be paid through internet banking or at the Service Centre via cash/cheque/eftpos/credit card. If paying by internet banking, please use the following references: Under “Particulars” – RC # (if known), Under “Code” – applicant’s name, under “Reference” – address of the application.
All lodgement fees include GST and are non-refundable. We do not invoice for lodgement fees.
Application processing will not commence until the lodgement fee has been paid.
Depending on your application, you may need a report from a professional. For example, if landscaping is an issue for your project, you might need a landscape architect to prepare a report describing the effects of your project in landscape terms, or if you are in a flood zone, you may need to work with a civil engineer.
The more detailed and accurate the information you provide us, the more quickly and efficiently we will be able to process your application. If you need help, contact our duty planner.
If you require further professional advice about your application, you can contact:
Last Reviewed: 06/12/2018