Consent Administration

Consent processing administration

This guidance ahs 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.


Administering the processing of resource consent applications in an efficient and cost effective way is an important part of the overall management of applications once they are lodged with the council.

It is also important for supporting council’s duty to monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of their resource management functions and processes.

This guidance note provides good practice tips for keeping records and tracking consents throughout the resource consent process.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) sets out the statutory timeframes for the processing of applications and limits the times the processing 'clock ' can be stopped for further information requests and when s37A can be used to extend time frames. These provisions, in combination with the Resource Management (Discount on Administrative Charges) Regulations 2010 (Discount Regulations), makes tracking key consent processing milestones particularly important.


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Record keeping

Why keep records?


Allocating and circulating the applicaiton

Setting up the consent file



The resource consent process