Resource Consent Conditions

 

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 and the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 (RMAA20), which received royal assent on 30 June 2020.

For more information about the amendments refer to the RMAA17 and RMAA20 Fact Sheets on the Ministry’s website. 

 

Sections 108, 127-133A and 220-221 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) deal with the inclusion, change, cancellation or review of resource consent conditions. Good resource consent conditions are fundamental to ensuring actual or potential adverse environmental effects of an activity are appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated. It is critical that resource consent conditions are drafted carefully to ensure:

  • they are within the law
  • compliance with the conditions will result in any adverse effects being limited to the extent anticipated by the decision-maker
  • the consent holder and other parties understand exactly what the requirements are, and
  • if necessary, enforcement can be undertaken.

As a consequence, the drafting of resource consent conditions is extremely important. This guidance note provides information about the drafting of conditions, their implementation, their review, changes to, or cancellations of them.

RLAA17 has limited the scope of resource consent conditions. Conditions can only be imposed on a resource consent if:

  • the applicant agrees to the condition; or
  • the condition is directly connected to an effect of the activity on the environment; or
  • the condition is directly connected to an applicable rule in a plan, NES, or wastewater environmental performance standard; or
  • the condition relates to administrative matters that are essential for the efficient implementation of the relevant resource consent.