The Resource Consent Process

The Ministry for the Environment website contains a useful guide to the process.

When lodging an application we strongly recommend the following steps.


Step One

Talk to Queenstown Lakes District Council about your proposal. We can provide you with the necessary application forms and access to the District Plan. Initial consultation with our enquiries planner is normally free of charge. An application form can be downloaded here.

Step Two

Your application will need to be accompanied by other information, including plans (at a convenient scale), a recent Certificate of Title, an Assessment of Effects on the Environment (AEE) and possibly signed Affected Persons forms (see step three)

The Enquiries Planner can help you with the list of information that you will need. They can also tell you about the initial application fee and can give you an estimate of the likely cost of processing your application. To avoid delays it is essential to provide all the information needed to process the application.

Step Three

A QLDC planner can help you identify the properties and people who are likley to be affected by your proposal. You might decide to discuss your proposal with neighbours and obtain their written approval prior to lodgement.

Step Four

Lodge your application.  You can email to lodge your resource consent application with us (please put 'New Resource Consent' in the subject line.) If the attachments are large go to our Online Consent Application subpage and you can upload your documents directly to us.

What Happens Next?

Once all the required information has been provided to QLDC, a planner will prepare a report on your application.

A decision will be made on whether your application needs to be notified - either by advising a limited number of parties (which is called a Limited Notification) or by advertising the application publicly (this is known as a Public Notification). If required a hearing will be held before Council appointed Commissioners.

If no hearing is required you will be advised of the Council's decision, generally within 20 working days of having lodged your application and complied with any requirements to provide information and neighbours approvals.


The implementation of all resource consents is monitored to ensure compliance with the application and any conditions imposed on the consent. Monitoring incurs a cost and is a requirement of the RMA. View the Monitoring Guidelines for more information.

Other Costs

Your proposal may result in additional demand on Council-owned services (such as water and reserves) and therefore will require the payment of a development contribution (DCN). These are all payable to the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

See our Development Contributions page for information. Here you can either use Council's DCN estimate calculator or make a DCN Estimate Request online or download the DCN Estimate Request Form (PDF, 302KB) if you wish to send in a hard copy form.

Before you go ahead with your project, know the potential costs and understand the potential timeframe.

If you would like to get an indication of processing times for notified or non-notified resource consent applications, our recent resource consent processing performance is shown in the following chart. Please note that we can only achieve prompt processing if all of the required information is provided to us at the outset or as soon as it is requested.


The Resource Management Act 1991

The Resource Management Act 1991 sets out a framework within which Councils manage our environment and the effects of development. A copy of the Resource Management Act 1991 is available on the New Zealand legislation website or by clicking the following link:



resource consent application process

This graphic which depicts the resource consent application process is an excerpt from the MFE website.