All costs associated with a private plan change are the responsibility of the applicant. Those costs
include expert advice from a planning consultant which is required to prepare a private plan change.
Waikato District Council (WDC) requires that a deposit be paid upon receipt of a private plan change request, to cover the initial
application processing costs. Because the initial payment is only a deposit, additional payments will
likely be required.
The initial deposit payable is contained in WDC’s fees and charges and generally is as per the table
However, where the plan change to which the charges relate has any of the following attributes, the
deposit may be increased up to a maximum of $27,000:
- it involves a major change in policy
- it affects a wide geographical area
- it is likely to involve the Council in significant investigation or research
• it has any other attribute that is likely to incur significant cost.
Once the costs incurred surpass the deposit paid, any other charges will be invoiced on a monthly
The costs of processing requests for private plan changes are based on the specified hourly rates of
the planners and technical experts required as noted in the fees and charges 2021-2024 on council’s
website. These costs also include any time that is spent in meetings.
The total costs of a private plan change depend on the scope and complexity of the request.