There are two types of notified resource consent applications:
Publicly notified applications - allows any person (other than a trade competitor) to lodge a submission in support and/or opposition, or to indicate a neutral position with respect to an application; and
Limited notified applications - notice of the application is served on all persons identified as being adversely affected and allowing only those persons to lodge a submission. However, where affected parties have provided their written approval they are not served notice and cannot lodge a submission.
Section 2AA of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) provides definitions relating to both public and limited notification. Section 2AB sets out requirements for giving public notice of an application. Section 2AC sets out how documents are to be made available to the public.