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This page contains information about subdivision consents and the process for obtaining one.  
Updated: 20/07/2016 8:13 a.m.

A subdivision consent is needed for any of the following:

  • dividing a parcel of land or a unit title into one or more further parcels
  • changing an existing boundary location
  • granting a lease of part of a parcel of land
  • granting a cross lease/unit plan.

All applications are assessed against the Resource Management Act and our District Plan rules.

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 whether or not you may need professional help to compile this information.

You will also need to consult with your neighbours and other people who may be affected by your proposal and get their written approvals.

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 your application. It's an opportunity to discuss your proposal and any planning matters which may affect processing of your application.

You are entitled to one free pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal. Follow the link below for further information and a link to the request form.

Applying for a subdivision consent

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

Resource Consent Application Guidance Notes [280kb]

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

Subdivision Application Form [270kb]

 Affected Parties Written Approval Form [98kb]

We will assess your proposal and let you know within 10 working days if your application will be limited or publicly notified. To find out about the criteria for notification, follow the link below.

Processing a subdivision consent

We will process your application within the following timeframes.

  • 20 working days - non-notified applications
  • 50 working days - notified applications if a hearing is not required
  • 70 working days - notified applications if a hearing is required.

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.

Setting conditions

Conditions may include:

  • undertaking and completing engineering works
  • providing a performance bond
  • protecting, restoring and enhancing a natural or physical resource including the planting of vegetation
  • provision of an esplanade reserve or strip
  • entering into a covenant/consent notice
  • measuring and monitoring impacts of the activity.

To find out about how to establish a conservation covenant, follow the link below.

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 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.

Lodging an objection

If you are unhappy with the decision, or any part of it, you can object to it. However this is only the case if an application is non-notified or no submissions were received after notification.

All objections must be made in writing within 15 working days of the decision being issued, explaining the reason for the objection. We must consider the objection within 20 working days, or, in the case of an objection relating to processing fees, as soon as practicable.

Approval of Survey Plans

The post-approval process is explained on the next page.


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