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Apply for resource consent

Please note we are still receiving a large number of applications and the addition of the Proposed Waikato District is causing significant delays to our processing timeframes. We apologise for the inconvenience.

We can process your application faster if you submit a good quality application. Read how to prepare a resource consent.


Complete and send in your application along with the supporting documents (including supplementary pack for land-use or subdivision and if applicable, a completed affected persons written approval form) via:


Post:Waikato District Council
Private Bag 544

In person at any of our Council offices.


We recover costs for processing applications for resource consents based on the specified hourly rate of the planners and specialists involved.

Lodgement Fee amounts you will need to pay

You must include the relevant lodgement fee with your resource consent application, to cover initial application processing costs.

If the actual cost is less than the lodgement amount, we will refund the difference.

If the actual cost exceeds the lodgement amount, which happens in most cases, we will invoice you for the additional costs.

Tip: Submit all the required information with your consent application to avoid further information requests that will increase the processing costs.

Note: a monitoring fee is added to all resource consents.

What happens next?

We will contact you to confirm that your application has been received.

It may take up to 20 working days to process your application and we will contact you if more information is required. If we do require more information, it will take more than 20 working days to complete.

Note: An invoice for the total processing costs of your consent will be sent after you receive your consent decision. However if your project complex or is processed over a prolonged period of time, we may send out monthly invoices during the processing of your application.