This page contains information about Outline Plan of Works, how to apply and and the process for granting permission.
2/05/2013 4:30 p.m.
An Outline Plan of Works is required where public work, project or a building is to be constructed on a designated site and it must generally show:
- the height, shape and bulk of the work
- the location on the site
- the finished contour of the site
- vehicular access
- circulation and provision for parking
- proposed landscaping
- any other matters required to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects.
The District Plan outlines the specific requirements that relate to each designation. We may request changes to the Outline Plan of Works, and the requiring authority (the agency that has submitted the Outline Plan of Works) must respond to the request. If we are not satisfied with the response, we may appeal to the Environment Court.
There is no opportunity for the public to make a submission on an Outline Plan of Works. The only opportunity for public submissions is when the requiring authority’s initial requirement is publicly notified.
Applying for an Outline Plan of Works
You will need to complete an application form, and include the following information:
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all details and information. Our guidance notes explain the process and the information which you need to include.
Assessment of Environmental Effects Form [66kb]
Assessment of the application
Your application is initially checked by our Customer Services staff to ensure the application is complete and contains sufficient information. This is not a technical planning check. The advance fee is paid at this stage.
Our senior planning staff then do an assessment and a preliminary planning check to ensure that the application satisfies the provisions of the RMA. If not, it may be rejected at this stage. If the application is accepted it is then processed
Processing the consent
We have 20 working days to process an application and we are obligated to approve Outline Plans.
Planning staff visit the site and prepare a report with recommendations which is forwarded to a senior planner for consideration.
The signed decision is sent to the applicant or agent, if one has been engaged. Most applications incur some additional charges during processing. These are charged after a decision is made on the application.
Council fees are payable whether or not an Outline Plan of Works is issued. Follow the link below for details of our Schedule of Fees and Charges.
Fees and Charges
The following page contains information about Certificates of Compliance.