RMA Provisions

Section 35(2)(d) requires every council to monitor resource consents that have effect in its region or district, as the case may be, and take appropriate action (having regard to the methods available to it under this RMA) where this is shown to be necessary.

Under section 35(2A) councils are required to prepare a report at least every five years on the results of their monitoring of the efficiency and effectiveness of their policies and plans (as required under s35(2)(b)).

Section 35(3) requires every council to keep reasonably available at its principal office, information which is relevant to the administration of policy statements and plans, the monitoring of resource consents, and current issues relating to the environment in the area, to enable the public:

  • to be better informed of the duties, functions, and powers of the council and

  • to participate more effectively under the RMA.

Section 35(5)(g) requires a number of records to be taken by councils in relation to resource consents:

(g) records of all applications for resource consents received by it;
(ga) records of all decisions under any of ss37A, 87E, 95 to 95G, 198C and 198H;
(gb) records of all resource consents granted within the local authority 's region or district; and
(gc) records of the transfer of any resource consent.

Section 35(5)(i) requires councils to keep a summary of all written complaints received by it during the preceding five years concerning alleged breaches of the RMA or a plan, and information on how it dealt with each such complaint.

Section 35(5)(j)(a) requires territorial authorities to keep information available on the location and area of all esplanade reserves, esplanade strips, and access strips in the district.

Section 35(5)(j)(b) requires regional councils to keep records of every protected customary rights order or agreement relating to part of the common marine and coastal area relating to its region.

Sections 223 and 224 relate to the approval and deposit of survey plans for subdivision and ensuring that resource consent conditions have been met (which requires monitoring). This relates to administrative processes under the RMA. To assess any environmental outcomes and effects, the link with state of the environment and policy and plan effectiveness monitoring is important.