Consented subdivisions - next steps

Changes to the Resource Management Act came into effect on 18 October 2017. Click here to learn more about these changes.

The information below outlines the 'next steps' involved once you've got your subdivision resource consent. Unlike other resource consents, approved subdivision consents required additional stages and checks before you can start subdividing your land. Note that if you are building, you will  need to apply for a building consent which is quite separate from the resource consent process. Find out more about applying for a building consent.

I haven't applied for one yet

Find out how to apply for a resource consent for your proposed subdivision if you haven't already done so. We also provide a pre-application service for resource consents which you'll find is very valuable in getting you started with your application. 

I have applied for one but I don't know if it's approved yet

If you have already put a resource consent application in for your subdivision and you haven't received a decision on it yet, you'll need to make sure it's approved first. Then you can move onto the consented subdivisions stages outlined below. Some resource consents also need to be notified to the public or interested parties before a decision is made. Once a decision has been made, the usual process if fo us to contact you directly. See the resource consents processWe also list notifications and decisions on our website.

Still unsure whether you have consent? Call a duty planner on our freephone 0800 492 452, or email a 'request for service' to us and one of our planners will be in touch.

Yes I've got consent

Great! Now you can move onto the next stages outlined in steps 1 to 6 below.

Why extra steps are needed

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) requires consented subdivisions to go through a couple of extra processes to ensure each subdivision's survey plan is accurate and correct (s223 of the Act) and all of the subdivision's consent conditions have been met (s224(c) of the Act).

These extra steps give us a chance to work together with you, providing advice on what you need to know and do, to achieve your goals within the regulatory requirements of the RMA and our District Plan

Together we can ensure that effects of planning, developing and building on our environment and our infrastructure needs are managed sustainably and any construction has a high level of quality and safety. 

S223 of the RMA

You have five years to lodge a s223 application from the date your subdivision consent is granted. Before you can lodge an application, your surveyor will need to survey your property and provide:

  • the exact areas and dimensions of the new boundaries created by the subdivision
  • details on any easements, amalgamation conditions, covenant areas or specified building areas.

S224(c) of the RMA

You have three years from the date of your s223 certificate to obtain a s224(c) certificate and request your titles from Land Information New Zealand.

A certificate under s224(c) of the Act confirms that all of the conditions of consent have been satisfied and that a title for the subdivision can be issued. Titles may now be obtained from Land Information New Zealand.

Cost and time

Costs related to these extra stages will vary depending on the size and complexity of your subdivision. All processes involve a combination of fixed fees, hourly rates, mileage and financial/development contributions. 

There are no definitive timeframes for the construction/compliance stage, as there are a number of variables (including - but not limited to - weather, complexity of consent, inspection workloads, awaiting responses from lawyers). However, ensuring you supply us with the complete information and documentation required with your s223 and s224(c) applications is one area where your efforts can keep time and costs down at our end. 

You can expect an invoice to be sent out following engineering plan approval, a pre-start meeting, a pre-construction meeting or clearance checks (see steps 1 to 6 below). For pre-construction meetings, the only charge is for the time of the staff involved in the meeting. 

See our fees and charges schedule which will help you get a general idea of likely costs (bearing in mind the factors noted above).

Steps 1 to 6

Get more details on the six steps:

  • Step 1 - request a pre-start meeting.
  • Step 2 - obtain engineering plan approval.
  • Step 3 - lodge a s223 application.
  • Step 4 - request a pre-construction meeting.
  • Step 5 - physical construction of your subdivision and clearance checks.
  • Step 6 - lodge a s224(c) application.

You can also find out what happens after certificates have been issued. 

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