Paying for Monitoring

  • Think about whether the cost of monitoring the condition is reasonable given the anticipated level of adverse effects.
  • Specify who will pay for the monitoring. Will it be the total responsibility of the consent holder or will the council share the costs?
  • Have a council charging policy and ensure any monitoring charges are in line with it.Refer to the setting charges for processing and monitoring consents under the RMA guidance note.
  • Charge consent holders for compliance monitoring as appropriate.
  • Consider if consent holders could be eligible for reduced costs or monitoring frequency if they consistently comply with consent conditions.
  • Consider using a bond as a way of paying for monitoring one-off consent conditions (eg, the completion of landscaping or site remediation). When the consent holder provides evidence that conditions have been met the bond can then be released.