This guidance has been updated to include the change made to the consenting provisions of the RMA as a result of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA17) which came into effect on 18 October 2017. For more information about the amendments refer tot theRLAA17 Fact Sheets available form the Ministry's website.


Before making an application for resource consent under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), careful consideration needs to be given to what an application should contain. Many people look to councils to provide them with advice about the resource consent process, how to make an application and information it should contain.

This guidance note provides some best practice advice to assist councils in informing the public why resource consents are required, what the resource consent process and plan requirements are, and how to prepare a complete resource consent application.

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Pamplets and other guidance

Pamphlets and other guidance material



Application forms


Pre-application meetings

Pre-application advice to applicants


Time and costs 
Provision of cost and time estimates


Linkages to other council processes

Advice on linkages to other
council processes