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