Do I Need A Resource Consent

Development activities tend to generate effects on neighbouring properties and the environment. The District Plan defines the limits of the effects that your activity may produce 'as of right'. You must apply for a resource consent when you wish to exceed these limits.

The category that your intended activity falls into will determine whether or not you need to apply for a resource consent, and the degree of discretion we have to either restrict or permit your intended activity. In most cases, steps must be taken in order to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse or harmful effects on the environment.

The Resouce Management Act groups activities that might affect the environment into five categories:

  • Permitted – no resource consent is required as the activity meets all the relevant conditions of the District Plan.
  • Controlled – resource consent/s are required as the activity does not meet the relevant conditions of the District Plan. The consent authority has no power to decline the resource consent.
  • Discretionary – resource consent/s are required as the activity does not meet the relevant conditions of the District Plan. The consent authority may grant the resource consent with or without conditions or decline the resource consent.
  • Restricted discretionary – resource consent/s  required as activity does not meet the relevant conditions of the District Plan, the consent authority’s powers to decline a resource consent and impose conditions are restricted to matters that have been specified in the District Plan.
  • Non-complying – resource consent/s required as activity does not meet relevant conditions of the District Plan. The consent authority may grant the resource consent with or without conditions or decline the resource consent
  • Prohibited – there are no prohibited activities in the New Plymouth District Plan.

It's a good idea to talk to us about your plans before your project starts. This may mean you can plan your project in such a way that a resource consent may not be required.

Copies of the District Plan are available for viewing here or at council offices.

Plan Changes and Legal Effect

If an activity triggers a rule within a Proposed Plan Change that has legal effect then resource consent must also be applied for that activity under that proposed rule, if the consent application lodgement date is after the date of legal effect.  

See also District Plan and Plan Changes and Private Plan Changes.