Resource consents allow people or organisations to do something that may have an effect on our environment.

Under the Resource Management Act (external link) you must apply for a resource consent if you wish to do something that is not permitted by district or regional plans.

At Environment Canterbury, we want your experience to run as smoothly as possible so we strongly suggest you speak to us early in the proceedings and use our advisory service to help you. 

It is a user-pays system but we offer a free hour at the outset to make the process more cost-effective in the long run.

Read the information provided below or contact us to set up an appointment with one of our consents planners.

First steps and costs

Take time to prepare your application thoroughly and accurately because it is then more likely to be processed quickly and will cost less in the long run.