Apply for a subdivision consent

A subdivision consent is used for:

  • dividing your land into separately owned properties
  • granting a cross lease, unit title or company lease
  • changing a boundary of your land.

If you are undertaking other work on your property, you may require a land use consent.

Your application will be assessed against our District Plan and National Environmental Standards. 

We will process your application within 20 working days unless it is notified. 

Timeframes may be extended if we need you to provide further information at any stage during the process. If this happens the 'processing clock' will be stopped until you have provided this information.

We recommend that you:

By email

Step 1.Prepare supporting information 

You will need:

  • scheme plan of the proposed subdivision
  • Assessment of environmental effects
  • records of title (including copies of registered interests).  This must be a recent search copy issued within three months of making your application. 

Other technical reports may be required to support your application. These must be prepared by suitably qualified and experienced professionals.

Guide to preparing a basic Assessment of Environmental Effects (environment.govt.nz)

Step 2.Attend pre-application meeting (optional)

You are entitled to a free hour-long pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal with our staff before you lodge your application.

Any follow up work will be charged at a standard rate to cover actual and reasonable costs.

Book a pre-application meeting

Step 3.Seek written approvals (optional)

We recommend you seek the advice of a planning professional to determine whether obtaining written approvals will assist to support your application. 

Affected Parties Written Approval form(PDF, 781KB)

Do I need to consult my neighbour?

Step 4.Complete the application

You can fill in the application either via your browser or a PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Reader). 

Download and save the application to your computer.  Open with either your browser or a PDF reader to fill in. Please remember to save once you have filled in the form.  

Resource Consent application form(PDF, 313KB)

Otherwise, you can print, fill it in by hand and scan the form.

Step 5.Email us

Email your completed application and supporting information to:

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

Step 6.Assessing your application

When we receive your application, we will check it for completeness. If your application doesn't include sufficient information, we will return it to you within 10 working days of its receipt.

Once you have compiled the missing information your application can be re-submitted to us.

If you or your agent don’t agree with the reasons for returning the application, either of you can formally object, in writing, within 15 working days of receiving the returned application.

Step 7.Pay advance fee 

Upon accepting your application, we will send you an invoice for our advance deposit fee.

You can pay the invoice either online, in person or call us with your details. We accept Visa and Mastercard payments via our Contact Centre.

Online: Pay an application fee or invoice

Phone: 09 430 4200

Depending on the complexity of the application, additional fees may also be changed to cover all actual and reasonable costs of processing your application. This may include for example specialist review of technical reports.

Additional fees will be changed at completion of the processing of your application. Where the application is more complex or lengthy to process, we may send an interim invoice.

Resource management fees and charges

Step 8.Application processing

Once your advance fee is received, your application will be assigned to a planner for processing.  The application will be assessed by following the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 and a site visit will take place as part of this process.

Most applications are processed as non-notified consents within 20 working days.

If we decide your application needs to be notified to neighbours and / or the public, we will let you know. This will add more time to the consent process. 

Notifications, submissions and hearings

Timeframes may also be extended if we need you to provide further information. If this happens the 'processing clock' will be stopped until you provide this.

Your application may either be approved with conditions or declined.

Where it is approved, we will assess what development contributions apply to your application, as set out in our Development Contributions Policy. 

Development contributions

If your application is declined, you are not able to proceed with your proposal.  You may be able to appeal our decision.

At any stage you may withdraw your application by advising the processing planner of your intention to do so. 

Step 9.Receive your subdivision consent

We will send you a copy of our decision, including any conditions you need to comply with when progressing the subdivision.

The decision will include two sets of conditions:

  • 223 Conditions:  setting out information to be provided, often prior to commencing physical works.
  • 224 Conditions:  setting out details of how any physical works must occur as well as any consent notices that are required to be registered against the new records of title.

An invoice for any outstanding processing fees will be issued at this time.

Step 10.Progressing the approved subdivision

Once you receive your subdivision consent you can start implementing the subdivision.

The conditions of your subdivision consent must be followed throughout this process and applications for Section 223 and 224 certificates need to be made to us before certificate(s) of title can be issued by Land Information New Zealand for your subdivided land.

Progressing a subdivision (post approval)

In-person

Step 1.Prepare supporting information 

You will need:

  • scheme plan of the proposed subdivision
  • Assessment of environmental effects
  • record of title (including copies of registered interests).  This must be a recent search copy issued within three months of making your application. 

Other technical reports may be required to support your application. These must be prepared by suitably qualified and experienced professionals.

Guide to preparing a basic Assessment of Environmental Effects (environment.govt.nz)

Step 2.Attend pre-application meeting (optional)

You are entitled to a free hour-long pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal with our staff before you lodge your application.

Any follow up work will be charged at a standard rate to cover actual and reasonable costs.

Book a pre-application meeting

Step 3.Seek written approvals (optional)

We recommend you seek the advice of a planning professional to determine whether obtaining written approvals will assist to support your application. 

Affected Parties Written Approval form(PDF, 781KB)

Do I need to consult my neighbour?

Step 4.Complete the application

You can fill in the application either via your browser or a PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Reader). 

Download and save the application to your computer.   Open with either your browser or a PDF reader to fill in.  Please remember to save once you have filled in the form.  

Resource Consent application form(PDF, 313KB)

Otherwise, you can print and fill it in by hand.

Step 5.Bring into us

Bring your completed application and supporting documents into one of our Customer Service centres: 

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Step 6.Assessing your application

When we receive your application, we will check it for completeness. If your application doesn't include sufficient information, we will return it to you within 10 working days of its receipt.

Once you have compiled the missing information your application can be re-submitted to us.

If you or your agent don’t agree with the reasons for returning the application, either of you can formally object, in writing, within 15 working days of receiving the returned application.

Step 7.Pay advance fee 

Upon accepting your application, we will send you an invoice for our advance deposit fee.

You can pay the invoice either online, in person or call us with your details. We accept Visa and Mastercard payments via our Contact Centre.

Online: Pay an application fee or invoice

Phone: 09 430 4200

Depending on the complexity of the application, additional fees may also be changed to cover all actual and reasonable costs of processing your application. This may include for example specialist review of technical reports.

Additional fees will be changed at completion of the processing of your application. Where the application is more complex or lengthy to process, we may send an interim invoice.

Resource management fees and charges

Step 8.Application processing

Once your advance fee is received, your application will be assigned to a planner for processing.  The application will be assessed by following the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 and a site visit will take place as part of this process.

Most applications are processed as non-notified consents within 20 working days.

If we decide your application needs to be notified to neighbours and / or the public, we will let you know. This will add more time to the consent process. 

Notifications, submissions and hearings

Timeframes may also be extended if we need you to provide further information. If this happens the 'processing clock' will be stopped until you provide this.

Your application may either be approved with conditions or declined.

Where it is approved, we will assess what development contributions apply to your application, as set out in our Development Contributions Policy. 

Development contributions

If your application is declined, you are not able to proceed with your proposal.  You may be able to appeal our decision.

At any stage you may withdraw your application by advising the processing planner of your intention to do so. 

Step 9.Receive your subdivision consent

We will send you a copy of our decision, including any conditions you need to comply with when progressing the subdivision.

The decision will include two sets of conditions:

  • 223 Conditions:  setting out information to be provided, often prior to commencing physical works.
  • 224 Conditions:  setting out details of how any physical works must occur as well as any consent notices that are required to be registered against the new records of title.

An invoice for any outstanding processing fees will be issued at this time.

Step 10.Progressing the approved subdivision

Once you receive your subdivision consent you can start implementing the subdivision.

The conditions of your subdivision consent must be followed throughout this process and applications for Section 223 and 224 certificates need to be made to us before certificate(s) of title can be issued by Land Information New Zealand for your subdivided land.

Progressing a subdivision (post approval)

By post

Step 1.Prepare supporting information 

You will need:

  • scheme plan of the proposed subdivision
  • Assessment of environmental effects
  • record of title (including copies of registered interests).  This must be a recent search copy issued within three months of making your application. 

Other technical reports may be required to support your application. These must be prepared by suitably qualified and experienced professionals.

Guide to preparing a basic Assessment of Environmental Effects (environment.govt.nz)

Step 2.Attend pre-application meeting (optional)

You are entitled to a free hour-long pre-application meeting to discuss your proposal with our staff before you lodge your application.

Any follow up work will be charged at a standard rate to cover actual and reasonable costs.

Book a pre-application meeting

Step 3.Seek written approvals (optional)

We recommend you seek the advice of a planning professional to determine whether obtaining written approvals will assist to support your application. 

Affected Parties Written Approval form(PDF, 781KB)

Do I need to consult my neighbour?

Step 4.Complete the application

You can fill in the application either via your browser or a PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Reader). 

Download and save the application to your computer. Open with either your browser or a PDF reader to fill in. Please remember to save once you have filled in the form.  

Resource Consent application form(PDF, 313KB)

Otherwise, you can print and fill it in by hand.

Step 5.Post to us

Post your completed application and supporting information to:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Step 6.Assessing your application

When we receive your application, we will check it for completeness. If your application doesn't include sufficient information, we will return it to you within 10 working days of its receipt.

Once you have compiled the missing information your application can be re-submitted to us.

If you or your agent don’t agree with the reasons for returning the application, either of you can formally object, in writing, within 15 working days of receiving the returned application.

Step 7.Pay advance fee 

Upon accepting your application, we will send you an invoice for our advance deposit fee.

You can pay the invoice either online, in person or call us with your details. We accept Visa and Mastercard payments via our Contact Centre.

Online: Pay an application fee or invoice

Phone: 09 430 4200

Depending on the complexity of the application, additional fees may also be changed to cover all actual and reasonable costs of processing your application. This may include for example specialist review of technical reports.

Additional fees will be changed at completion of the processing of your application. Where the application is more complex or lengthy to process, we may send an interim invoice.

Resource management fees and charges

Step 8.Application processing

Once your advance fee is received, your application will be assigned to a planner for processing.  The application will be assessed by following the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 and a site visit will take place as part of this process.

Most applications are processed as non-notified consents within 20 working days.

If we decide your application needs to be notified to neighbours and / or the public, we will let you know. This will add more time to the consent process. 

Notifications, submissions and hearings

Timeframes may also be extended if we need you to provide further information. If this happens the 'processing clock' will be stopped until you provide this.

Your application may either be approved with conditions or declined.

Where it is approved, we will assess what development contributions apply to your application, as set out in our Development Contributions Policy. 

Development contributions

If your application is declined, you are not able to proceed with your proposal.  You may be able to appeal our decision.

At any stage you may withdraw your application by advising the processing planner of your intention to do so. 

Step 9.Receive your subdivision consent

We will send you a copy of our decision, including any conditions you need to comply with when progressing the subdivision.

The decision will include two sets of conditions:

  • 223 Conditions:  setting out information to be provided, often prior to commencing physical works.
  • 224 Conditions:  setting out details of how any physical works must occur as well as any consent notices that are required to be registered against the new records of title.

An invoice for any outstanding processing fees will be issued at this time.

Step 10.Progressing the approved subdivision

Once you receive your subdivision consent you can start implementing the subdivision.

The conditions of your subdivision consent must be followed throughout this process and applications for Section 223 and 224 certificates need to be made to us before certificate(s) of title can be issued by Land Information New Zealand for your subdivided land.

Progressing a subdivision (post approval)