Recommending the Duration and Lapse Period

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

Sections 123 to 126 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) deal with determining the duration and lapse periods of resource consent applications and the cancellation of consents. This guidance note explains these sections of the RMA and provides advice on determining the duration of consent, whether consent has lapsed and cancelling consent.

This note does not cover cancelling consents when enforcement action has taken place and the Environment Court has ordered a review of the consent (s132(4)).