Who will Carry Out the Monitoring

  • Consider who has the appropriate skills to carry out monitoring of different consents. Are dedicated or specialist staff required (eg, for noise, odour, light and glare)?
  • If there are a large number of consents to monitor, a dedicated compliance monitoring officer or team might be appropriate.
  • Will other sections of the council be involved? Do you need to employ external expertise?
  • In some situations self-monitoring may occur but proceed with caution. This is where the consent holder conducts monitoring. It can save councils valuable resources but requires checks and audits and should not be viewed as a soft option.
  • Consider joint monitoring between consent holders, with other councils or agencies on certain types of activities.
  • For some simple types of consent monitoring it may be cost effective to employ students to check compliance.