Consent Processing Administration

This note has been updated for 2017 and 2020 amendments but not updated for best practice.

Administering the processing of resource consent applications in an efficient and cost effective way is an important part of the overall management of applications once they are lodged with the council.

It is also important for supporting council’s duty to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of their resource management functions and processes.

This guidance note provides good practice tips for keeping records and tracking consents throughout the resource consent process.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) sets out the statutory timeframes for the processing of applications and limits the times the processing 'clock ' can be stopped for further information requests and when s37A can be used to extend time frames. These provisions, in combination with the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 (Discount Regulations), makes tracking key consent processing milestones particularly important.