Queenstown Lakes entered the Orange Light level of the COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021. Learn more about changes to Council services here.

Resource consent process

The steps to follow for a resource consent are outlined below. The Ministry for the Environment website also contains a useful guide.

Recommended steps Monitoring Other costs
  • Talk to us about your proposal. We can provide you with the necessary application forms and access to the District Plan. Initial consultation with our enquiries planner is normally free of charge. Download and complete the application form to begin the process (available on the Application forms and fees page).

  • Your application will need to be accompanied by other information. In order to be accepted, these must include:

    • plans (at a convenient scale)

    • a recent Certificate of Title

    • an Assessment of Effects on the Environment (AEE)

    • if required, a signed Affected Persons forms (see step three).

    The Enquiries Planner can help you with the list of information that you will need. They can also tell you about the initial application fee and can give you an estimate of the likely cost of processing your application. To avoid delays, it's essential to provide all the information needed to process the application.

  • One of our planners can help you identify the properties and people who are likely to be affected by your proposal. While this step isn't mandatory, you might decide to discuss your proposal with neighbours and obtain their written approval prior to lodgement.

  • You can email resourceconsent@qldc.govt.nz to lodge your resource consent application with us (please put 'New Resource Consent' in the subject line).

    If the attachments are large, please upload your documents online via the Application forms and fees page.

  • Once all the required information has been provided to QLDC, a planner will prepare a report on your application.

    A decision will be made on whether your application needs to be notified:

    • by advising a limited number of parties (which is called a Limited Notification), or

    • by advertising the application publicly (this is known as a Public Notification)

    If required, a hearing will be held before Council appointed Commissioners.

    If no hearing is required, you will be advised of the Council's decision. This is generally within 20 working days of having lodged your application and complied with any requirements to provide information and neighbour approvals.

  • Your Resource Consent will have conditions that you need to adhere to. Some conditions of consent require submission of information to certain departments at QLDC.

    If you are unsure which QLDC department this information should be provided to, please contact QLDC Planning and Development.



The implementation of all resource consents is monitored to ensure compliance with the application and any conditions imposed on the consent. Monitoring incurs a cost and is a requirement of the RMA.

  • Once the Council has granted a resource consent, we will carry out a site inspection to make sure the development or activity has been, or is being undertaken in accordance with the approved resource consent decision and conditions.

    During the visit we determine if you have met the conditions attached to the resource consent.

    Most consents need no more than two visits and in many cases only one inspection is necessary when all conditions of consent have been complied with. For some activities, monitoring will be ongoing.

    In some cases a site inspection is not required until works have been completed. In other cases, such as earthworks, we need to inspect the site during the works.

  • A Code Compliance Certificate is written confirmation of compliance with a building consent under the Building Act.

    Resource consent monitoring is independent of any building consent inspections as building and resource consents are not approving and inspecting the same thing.

  • You do not need to be home. Site inspections do not require entry into dwellings. Only access onto the property is required. However, if you would prefer to be on site, please let us know.

  • The user pays for the resource consent and this includes monitoring.

  • A consent holder generally has five years to implement a resource consent. If the consent holder does not inform Council when works have started, then the start date is estimated.

    Monitoring is still necessary for any work or activity that has not been checked and found to be carried out in accordance with the consent granted regardless of when the work or activity was completed.

  • Resource consents are invariably ‘attached’ to the land over which the activity is approved.

    When you buy a piece of land you automatically become the “consent holder”. This means you are responsible for complying with the consent and its conditions and you are responsible for any costs, including monitoring charges.


Are there other costs?

To view application fees, please take a look at our Application forms and fees page.

Please note: your proposal may also result in additional demand on Council-owned services (such as water and reserves) and therefore will require the payment of a development contribution (DCN). These are all payable to QLDC.

See our Development Contributions page for information on this and to:

  • use Council's DCN estimate calculator

  • make an online DCN estimate request

  • download the DCN estimate request form if you wish to send in a hard copy form.

If you'd like to get an indication of processing times for notified or non-notified resource consent applications, please note that we can only achieve prompt processing if all of the required information is provided to us at the outset or as soon as it is requested.

Stay up-to-date

Sign up to our newsletter Scuttlebutt and stay up-to-date with the latest news, events & information in the Queenstown Lakes District.