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The six key next steps after your subdivision has been granted consented are set out in detail below. You can also find out what happens after certificates have been issued

Step 1 - request a pre-start meeting

A pre-start meeting is a voluntary meeting with Council made at your request to look at the conditions of your subdivision resource consent. This is an initial opportunity to discuss the next steps of subdivision, including what is required to complete s223 and s224(c) the conditions of your consent.

To request a pre-start meeting, email us at or call us on our freephone 0800 492 452 and ask to speak to the Consents Administrator.

Step 2 - obtain engineering plan approval

Complete any design plans for your subdivision (if applicable) including design plans for roads, vehicle crossings, stormwater, wastewater and water infrastructure. Once your design plans are ready, you can email them to us for approval at

In your email, let us know who we should contact should we need more information. Once we have everything we need, we'll assess your design plans and then notify you when they've been approved. 

Step 3 - lodge an s223 application

When you're ready to lodge your s223 application, you will need to request your surveyor to electronically submit your survey plan in Land Information NZ's Landonline. Your surveyor will also need to request the Council to certify the plan in Landonline.

Once we've received everything we need for your s223 application, we'll check it and issue the certificate within 10 working days, as long as the survey plan matches the consented plan.

Step 4 - request a pre-construction meeting

We strongly recommend that you arrange to hold a pre-construction meeting on site before work gets underway. You and your engineers, contractors, planners and other representatives involved with the project should all be at this meeting along with our relevant Council staff. 

The pre-construction meeting also provides an opportunity to meet the Council staff you'll be working with during construction. You'll need to show that you have all the required permits, related consents and approved construction plans in place ready for construction to start.

Holding a pre-construction meeting will also help to minimise any potential issues that might come up and it will identify upfront any crucial stages along the way where you'll need to have our staff on site. Another important aim of the meeting is to identify and avoid any adverse impacts your construction activities might have on existing Council assets, services and infrastructure (such as pipes and roading).

Please email us at or call us on our freephone 0800 492 452 (ask to speak to the team leader land development engineer) to either:

  • request a pre-construction meeting
  • advise us you do not want to arrange one and just want to notify us of your intention to start works and when.

Step 5 - physical construction of your subdivision and clearance checks

This step is generally the most time-consuming stage, as construction works are weather-dependent and it may take time for inspections or particular tasks to be carried out. We'll do our best to help you to achieve your expected timeframes, so please talk to us about the requirements of the construction stage (freephone 0800 492 452).

Clearance checks

Most subdivisions require physical works to be completed (for example,road construction and vehicle entrance crossings). Council staff will carry out inspections during this stage to ensure you are complying with your approved design plans or relevant engineering standards. To request an inspection please contact the Team Leader Land Development Engineer on our freephone 0800 492 452.

You may need to request clearance for works that are not directly related to construction works. This may include physical works. For example, these could include works required for the protection of covenant areas; for water connections; vesting of reserves and approval of management plans. During this step, you may also request legal documentation (such as consent notices) to be prepared ready for registration on the new titles, once issued.

When you make your request for clearance to be undertaken by Council, we will work out what  development contributions are payable for your subdivision and send you a letter. Once compliance has been achieved for all of your conditions of consent, Council will issue a final invoice for all costs incurred for your subdivision. All fees need to be paid prior to Council issuing the s224(c) certificate.

Step 6 - lodge an s224(c) application

First, visit your surveyor when you are ready to make your application for s224(c) and before you start preparing your application. Once we've received everything we need for your 224(c) application, we'll issue the certificate within 48 hours as long as all the conditions of your approved consent have been satisfied.

After certificates have been issued

After you have received your s223 certificate, you can start planning your subdivision's construction, using the steps outlined in Step 4 above.

After construction is finished and you have received your s224(c) certificate as outlined in Step 5 and Step 6 above, you will still need your solicitor to get your titles issued from Land Information New Zealand.

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