Direct Referral

This note has been updated for 2017 and 2020 amendments but not updated for best practice.

This guidance has been revised to include changes to the RMA as a result of the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (RLAA17). The consenting provisions of the RLAA17 commenced on 18 October 2017.  For more information about the amendments refer to the RLAA17 - Fact Sheets and technical guidance available on 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.