Some activities can be done as of right, but others need permission. This may be granted through a resource consent.
Every day, people apply to their local council for resource consents to do things such as putting up a garage, subdividing their property, building a multi-storey apartment block, or taking water from a stream.
A consent often has conditions about how to carry out the activity, to avoid or reduce any adverse effects on the environment.
- Non-notified. The council may decide that there is no need for the general public to make submissions as the adverse effects from the proposed activity are ‘minor’ or ‘less than minor’.
- Publicly notified. The council may decide that a proposal will or is likely to have an effect on the environment that is “more than minor”, or that there are special circumstances. The council advertises it online, including a summary in the paper, where to view the application, and calls for submissions.
- Limited notification. The council notifies only those people it considers might be affected by a proposal (known as affected persons).
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