The RMA Quality Planning Resource

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.

 

This note provides guidance on the direct referral process to the Environment Court for notified resource consent applications, notices of requirement for designations, and heritage protection orders. The key provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) which provide for direct referral are sections 87C to 87I for resource consents and sections 198A to 198M for notices of requirement and heritage protection orders; and section 285 which provides for costs.

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Types of applications that can be direct referrals               Requesting a direct referral                   Council decisions on a direct referral              Appeals from the Environment court decision
Introduction and
types of applications
that can be directly referred
    Requesting 
direct referral 
    Council decision on
a request for direct
referral and objections
to the council decision
  Liaison with the
Environment Court
                 
     

 

 

         
                 
      Monitoring and enforcement     Court   Costs and cost recovery 
The council report     Can the applicant
decide not to
proceed to the
Environment Court?
    The Environment
Court process
  Monitoring and
enforcement of the
decision and costs
                 

 

 

               
Discount regulations                
Glossary