The RMA Quality Planning Resource

Consent processing administration

This guidance has been updated to include changes to the RMA as a result of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2013 (RMAA13). The final part of the RMAA13 came into effect on 3 March 2015. For more information about the amendments refer to the RMAA13 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 counil's duty to monitor 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.

To learn more about consent processing administration click on the relevant graphic below or download the entire guidance note.



Record keeping

Why keep records?


Allocating and circulating the applicaiton

Setting up the consent file



The resource consent process