Before you carry out an activity or make changes to your property it is important to check whether you are permitted to do so under the Tauranga City Plan. We provide a free Duty Planner service where you can speak to one of our planners.
We've listed examples of activities that may require a resource consent below. Sometimes an activity requires more than one resource consent. Regional councils issue consents for some land uses activities which may also be applicable for your project.
- Subdividing your land
- Changing the type of activity or business operating on a site
- Buildings or structures close to your boundary
- Establishing additional dwellings
Duty Planner Service
Our duty planners are equipped to provide direction on the City Plan and what rules may apply to you to ensure you have a good understanding of what needs to be done, before you submit your resource consent application. We encourage you to call or email our Duty planner.
Phone: 07 577 7000
Our Duty Planner can provide advice on:
- Relevant City Plan rules
- Zoning of the property
- Resource Consenting process
- Notification process and written approvals
- Matters you may want to consider when making an application
The Duty Planner cannot provide advice on the following matters:
- How to design your proposal
- Compliance check on plans
- Whether a proposal will be notified
- Whether a proposal will be granted or not
If you would like advice on these matters, you can contact a planning consultant who can provide project specific advice and how an application could be made.
Once you have spoken to the Duty Planner and you understand the rules that apply to your site, you can plan your project in detail.
We offer pre-application advice for projects that need resource consent. We provide you with information and guidance to ensure you have a good understanding of what needs to be done, before you submit your application.. A pre-application meeting will confirm the following:
- whether you have identified all the relevant rules applicable to your application, based on the information you have provided at the time;
- an indication of what specialist reports are required;
- confirmation of what deposit fee is required upon lodgment of the application;
- explaining the general resource consent process and the statutory timeframes;
- identifying the minimum information requirements that need to accompany the application
- discussion about people and properties possibly affected by your proposal.
A pre-application meeting is an opportunity for you to present your proposal to Council and may involve the relevant specialists reviewing your proposal and mitigation measures to address any non-compliances prior to lodging an application.
Council offers 45 minutes of free advice, where more time is required an hourly charge will be incurred. This time will be charged against the resource consent once it has been lodged with Council.
In order to enquire whether a pre-application meeting is the appropriate contact with Council please fill out the Pre-application meeting request form and submit the form along with the following information::
- Description of the proposal
- Site Plan
- Relevant Tauranga City Plan Rules
- Relevant Tauranga City Council Infrastructure Development Code matters
- Reasons why you consider the proposal to be acceptable
Providing this level of information upfront can save substantial time and money in the long run.
The provision of this information prior to a meeting enables all relevant council specialists time to review the information, discuss across departments and run any modelling that might be required. This will equip Council to be able to engage in a two-way constructive discussion at the meeting. You will receive clearer direction from Council and enable you to address any major concerns before submitting your application. This will result in a smoother resource consenting process and fewer or no further information requests.
Lodging an Application
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.
Staff only carry out site visits once an application has been formally lodged.
Uploading your application documents
If have not filled your application form out online, you will need to upload your documents. You can do this through our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 30/10/2020