When you undertake development or a new activity on your property it can affect your neighbours and the environment. The District Plan places limits on the effects your activity or development can have. If you exceed these limits you need to apply for resource consent.
It's a good idea to come and chat to us before you start. This can save you time and money later on.
We have a duty planner available each day. They can talk through your project with you and provide advice on what District Plan rules apply. They can also provide advice on the resource consent process, or changes you could make so you don't need resource consent.
Contact the duty planner on email@example.com or 03 314 0034. Or pop into the Council Office at 66 Carters Road, Amberley to talk to a duty planner in person.
The District Plan contains rules, policies and objectives to manage the use and development of natural and physical resources in the Hurunui. The District Plan is a framework which shapes the way our district is developed. The District Plan seeks to balance, cultural, environmental and economic interests and make the Hurunui a great place to live.
You should review the District Plan before undertaking any building work or development of your property. This will help you find out whether you can proceed as a permitted activity (i.e. as of right) or whether you need resource consent.
The Council is required to have a district plan prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991. The Hurunui District Plan was made operative on 21 June 2018.
Click here for a how to guide on the ePlan.
Changes to the District Plan
Note the District Plan is not a static document. The Council is able to initiate plan changes to update, change, add or remove content. The Council is also able to receive and process plan changes from members of the public. These changes are publicly notified and you are able to take part and have your say through the submission process.
A boundary activity can be applied for where a boundary rule (e.g. access to sunlight, setback from the boundary of the neighbours property) is breached and you have written approval from the relevant neighbour.
- Application for deemed permitted boundary activity
- Written approval for deemed permitted boundary activity
Completed application forms and supporting documents can be submitted by hand, post or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our preference is electronic applications.
Boundary activity application
Within 10 working days.
Non-notified resource consent
This is where officers determine no consultation is required. Officers have 10 working days to determine if an application should be notified.
Provided sufficient information is provided with the application (i.e. you provide us with everything we need in appropriate detail) a decision will be issued within 20 working days. If the information provided is not up to scratch, Officers can stop the clock to request further information or affected parties approval. This means it will take longer for you to receive a decision.
The best way to guarantee a decision within 20 working days is to provide us with good quality information from the start! If your application is complex you may need to engage the services of a planning consultant to prepare your application.
Notified resource consent
This is where Officers decide public consultation is required due to the effects of the proposal. Public consultation can be 'limited' i.e. to directly affected parties, or 'public' i.e. to everyone.
Notified consents take longer to gain a decision. Council's have up to 100 working days to issue a decision on a limited notified consent, and up to 130 working days for publicly notified consents.
Further information is available on the Ministry for Environment's website here, or you can speak to the duty planner.
Resource consent fees (from page 39)
Fees can be paid in person or into the Council bank account: 03-0802-0946666-00 Ref: RC*applicant name*
Development contributions are payable on new houses (except when replacing a demolished or removed house on the same site), business premises and subdivided lots.
Click here information on topics related to resource consents.