Formal Acceptance of Application

Once the application has been lodged, checked and determined to contain adequate information, it is formally 'accepted for processing'.

The RMA allows ten working days to check an application for completeness and adequacy. However, it is best practice to check the application as soon as practicable and ideally within one full working day of it arriving at the council office because the time taken to check the application is fully included in the total working days allowed to determine the application.

It may not be possible for more complex and detailed applications to be checked in one working day but it should be sufficient with respect to most minor (and particularly fast track) applications.