Yes, you do unless your proposed extraction falls within the low volume takes permitted in the Natural Resources Regional Plan - Chapter 6 (Schedules BLR2 & BLR3) and you meet certain conditions.
You need to check whether the volume you require is within the limits prescribed and whether you can comply with all of the conditions. If yes, then complete the Gravel Availability Inquiry Form. Similarly, the Waimakariri River Regional Plan allows 'low volume' takes from the Waimakariri River and some of its tributaries, providing certain conditions are met. Either complete the Gravel Availability Inquiry Form or contact the Gravel Resources Officer to learn more.
Be thorough. Include the following forms:
Remember: A Gravel Availability Inquiry Form may have listed some Comments or Special Conditions to consider.
The more you do now in checking and supplying supporting information including comment from affected parties etc., the more likely your application can be processed and a decision reached without the need to request further information.
Seek assistance: If necessary, employ a consultant to complete your application. Customer Services at Environment Canterbury can supply a list of consultants. A Consents Investigating Officer is available for up to one hour of free advice.
The Gravel Resources Officer is available to discuss these issues with you.
In certain areas, the River Engineering section of Environment Canterbury hold consents on-behalf of the River Rating Districts to enable gravel to be removed for River Control purposes. In these areas, a permit can be issued to allow extraction under the Environment Canterbury Consent. If such a consent exists in the area you wish to extract from, the Gravel Resources Officer will let you know and it will be noted in the Comments section of the Availability Inquiry Form.
Environment Canterbury has detailed information on gravel availability in some, but not all, rivers throughout the region. It may be that the river or area you want to extract from is not subject to regular surveys to determine available volumes, but we may still hold information pertaining to that particular site.
For rivers in which we hold detailed information, we try to maintain a target ‘mean bed level’ over time to ensure the region’s flood protection schemes and other infrastructure are not put at risk. Figure 1 (jpg 333 kB) shows how we define the mean bed level of a river. If not enough gravel is extracted from a river bed, the flood carrying capacity of the waterway can be reduced; if too much gravel is extracted, an increased erosion risk can develop.
Figure 1 - Mean Bed Level of a Waterway (jpg 333 kB)
The information provided is the best available at the time. It does not guarantee supply, as rivers are dynamic systems influenced by factors beyond our control, but it will give you an indication of what might be available. Also, it does not necessarily make allowances for other resource consent applications currently in process, but will draw your attention to these.
As part of our commitment to the sustainable management of the fluvial gravel resource, the network of rivers covered is being extended, the frequency of critical surveys is being increased and the analysis of the data gathered is being focused on gravel management and the production of individual river reports.
This means that, in the future, there will be more up-to-date information on gravel levels in significant rivers throughout Canterbury. Keep checking on this website for updates.
The Gravel Availability Inquiry Form is available to download.
You can fill out the form (in PDF or MS Word format), print and sign it:
Gravel Availability Inquiry Form (pdf 122 kB)
Gravel Availability Inquiry Form (doc 1.05 MB)
We recommend you complete this form and contact the Gravel Resources Officer before lodging your application.
Taking this step will bring your inquiry to the attention of the Gravel Resources Officer who is in a position to scrutinise your inquiry and ensure you receive the best advice available to achieve the most beneficial outcome for your purposes.
Take particular note of Availability Comments and of Existing Consents that overlap into the area you wish to extract from. Conditions attached to those consents may affect your ability to exercise your consent, should it be granted e.g. minimum bed levels may be triggered, meaning extraction can’t continue until such time as those levels are restored.
Visit our resource consent forms page where you can download a copy of the Resource Consent Application Form for the Extraction of Gravel.
Or contact us for a copy of the form.
Upon receipt of the decision documents, study them carefully. Ensure you understand fully the implications of the Conditions attached and the effect they may have on your ability to exercise your consent.
Twice-yearly newsletter with information about gravel takes and gravel related news in Canterbury.
Gravel Take Newsletter - Issue 7 - November 2012 (pdf 2 MB)
Gravel extraction in Canterbury - an update - January 2012 (pdf 215 kB)
Gravel Take Newsletter - Issue 5 - June 2010 (pdf 285 kB)
Gravel Take Newsletter - Issue 4 - November 2009 (pdf 207 kB)
Gravel Take Newsletter - Issue 3 - July 2009 (pdf 233 kB)
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