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Pre-application service

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The pre-application service is particularly useful in ensuring that you provide all the information you need with your resource consent application.

Identifying up front what you need to gather in relation to this will help avoid possible delays in obtaining missing information further down the track.

In some cases consent applications can be returned straightaway if they are lacking vital information.

How to request pre-application service

You can request a pre-application service by filling out the form provided below and emailing it to

Provide us with as much information as you can about your project on this form as this will help us to tailor our advice to what you need.

Due to high workloads, as of 10th January 2022 pre-apps will only have written advice circulated. An electronic meeting/phone call may occur but this will be case by case and at the discretion of the assigned planner. Any pre-applications lodged from now on are unlikely to be processed until after the 17th January 2022 when it is expected that the Proposed District Plan decisions will be released.  


Note that the lodgement fee for a resource consents pre-application service is $380.00.

This service includes one hour at no cost for work carried out by a Planner and up to two technical experts. Any additional time over and above the one hour free time will be charged at the relevant officer's hourly rate in accordance with the fees and charges schedule. It is possible that the charges for your pre-application request could exceed the lodgment fee paid.

The costs related to this service include but are not limited to administration, research, meeting time, writing and distribution of notes and any additional meetings.

How you will benefit

Using the resource consents pre-application service means you save time and money in the long run by:

  • enabling you to address any issues before you finalise your designs/proposal
  • reducing the likelihood of you being asked for more information
  • providing an opportunity for you to work with Council to produce good quality outcomes and build relationships.

You can expect to receive a variety of advice and feedback through our resource consents pre-application service, depending on what you need to know. This may include (but not be limited to):

  • information on infrastructure and services in relation to your proposal
  • advice on development contributions
  • advice on notification matters (when possible)
  • advice on the types of resource consents that may be required for projects and any requirements of the National Environmental Standards (NES) under the RMA which might apply to your proposal
  • advice on the level of information required to ensure that applications are of an acceptable standard (i.e. containing information that is compatible with the complexity and scale of the application).