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Certificate of Compliance

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This page contains information about Certificate of Compliance, how to apply and and the process for granting permission.
Updated: 18/04/2018 1:13 p.m.

A Certificate of Compliance is confirmation that an activity which is permitted by our District Plan does not need a resource consent.

The applicant must provide evidence outlining what is proposed and the reasons a resource consent is not required. We may request further information where compliance has not been clearly established.

Preparing your application

A range of supporting information is required to be included with an application. The pages listed below will give you guidance on compiling this information.

Where land development involves the creation of infrastructure (ie roads, water and wastewater systems etc), our Environmental Engineering Standards set out the minimum acceptable levels for engineering design.

We recommend that you talk to us in the early stages of planning your proposal and before submitting you application. It's an opportunity to discuss your proposal and any planning matters which may affect processing of your application.

Applying for a Certificate of Compliance

Our detailed guidance notes explain the supporting information which you need to include with your application.

Resource Consents Application Guidance Notes [280kb]

When you have compiled all the necessary information, complete the application form and attach the information to it.

Certificate of Compliance Application Form [270kb] 

Processing a Certificate of Compliance

We will process your application within 20 working days. Timeframes may be extended if you need to provide further information at any stage during the process. The 'processing clock' is stopped until you have provided this information.

Checking your application

Our customer services staff will do the initial check of your application to make sure it has been fully completed, the necessary information is included and sufficient copies have been supplied. If not, the application can't be lodged and we will let you know the reasons why.

Our planning staff will then do a preliminary planning check to make sure your application meets the RMA regulations. If the application is accepted, an advance fee/deposit is payable at this point.

A member of our planning team will visit the site and prepare a report with recommendations, which is then considered by a senior planner.

Development Contributions

We will assess your application for Development Contributions. Follow the link below for further information about our Development Contributions Policy and how contributions are calculated.

When the Development Contributions assessment is complete, the consent is issued.

We will send the signed decision and an invoice for any additional charges which may have been incurred to the applicant or the agent, if one has been engaged.

Cost of an application

We charge an advance fee which is intended to cover most of the actual and reasonable costs associated with processing any application. Where the costs exceed the advance fee, they will be invoiced once a decision on the application is issued. Additional costs may be invoiced where ongoing monitoring or compliance checking is required.

Our Schedule of Fees and Charges contain a breakdown of costs and you can request an estimate of fees at any time.

If we engage an external consultant, their fees are added to your costs together with a 5% management fee which is applied to each invoice.


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