The RMA Quality Planning Resource

 Notified and Limited notified Resource Consent Applications


This guidance has been updated to include changes to the RMA as a result of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 (RMAA13). The final part of the RMAA13 came into effect on 3 March 2015. For more information about the 2013 RMA amendments refer to the Ministry for the Environment's - Fact Sheets available from the Ministry's website.



There are two types of notified resource consent applications:

  1. publicly notified applications - allows any person to lodge a submission in support and/or opposition, or to indicate a neutral position with respect to an application
  2. limited notified applications - notice of the application is served on all persons identified as being adversely affected and allowing only those persons to lodge a submission. However, where affected parties have provided their written approval they are not served notice and cannot lodge a submission.

Any party who is a trade competitor is not able to make a submission on trade grounds (as outlined in s308B). Refer to the Trade competition fact sheet on the Ministry for the Environment’s website for more information.

Section 2AA of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) provides definitions relating to both public and limited notification.

This note provides guidance on the following aspects of notification and limited notification. Alternatively you can download the complete guidance note.  

 The process of notification           Pre-hearing meetings      Hearings                             
Writing the report           What timeframes apply