Resource consents are permissions to use or develop a natural or physical resource, or to carry out an activity that affects the environment. In most cases, the use of a resource is prohibited unless expressly allowed by a rule in a regional or district plan. The main exception is land use, which is permitted unless it contravenes a rule in a district plan. If this is the case, a resource consent may be necessary for land use.
Regional and district plans indicate whether applications for resource consent will be required in particular circumstances and, if so, what information should be submitted to support them. All applications must be accompanied by an assessment of environmental effects. Conditions may be attached to a resource consent in order to avoid, remedy or mitigate any adverse effects associated with the activity in question.
Aqualinc staff have considerable experience in helping clients obtain the resource consents required to use water or to dispose of wastes. They are very familiar with the relevant sections of regional and district plans, the resource consent process, and have an excellent track record in preparing Assessments of Environmental Effects that meet council requirements.
General information on the process of obtaining resource consents is available at www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/resource/participation/consents. For more specific information contact your local regional or district council, or an Aqualinc staff member.