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)  and the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 (RMAA20).

The consenting provisions of the RLAA17 commenced on 18 October 2017 and the RMAA 2020 received royal assent on 30 June 2020.

For more information about the amendments refer to the RLAA17 Fact Sheets and RMAA 2020 factsheets on the Ministry's website. 

This guidance has not been updated for best practice.

Before making an application for resource consent under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), careful consideration needs to be given to what an application should contain. Many people look to councils to provide them with advice about the resource consent process, how to make an application and information it should contain. 

This guidance note provides some best practice advice to assist councils in informing the public why resource consents are required, what the resource consent process and plan requirements are, and how to prepare a complete resource consent application.