Notified and Limited Notified Resource Consent Applications

Notified and Limited notified Resource Consent Applications


This guidance has been updated to include the changes made to the consenting provisions of the RMA as a result of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA17) which came into effect on 18 October 2017.  For more information about the amendments refer to the RLAA17 Fact Sheets available from the Ministry's website. 



There are two types of notified resource consent applications:

  1. Publicly notified applications - allows any person (other than a trade competitor) to lodge a submission in support and/or opposition, or to indicate a neutral position with respect to an application; and
  2. Limited notified applications - notice of the application is served on all persons identified as being adversely affected and allowing only those persons to lodge a submission. However, where affected parties have provided their written approval they are not served notice and cannot lodge a submission.

Section 2AA of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) provides definitions relating to both public and limited notification. Section 2AB sets out requirements for giving public notice of an application.


This note provides guidance on the following aspects of notification and limited notification. Alternatively you can download the complete guidance note.  

 The process of notification           Pre-hearing meetings      Hearings                             
Writing the report           What timeframes apply