Your resource consent
A resource consent is an important legal document.
When you first receive your resource consent, it is important that you read and understand it. Please ask our staff to clarify any points that you do not fully understand.
A resource consent may have conditions that control the way an activity is carried out. These conditions are designed to maintain and protect Northland's natural resources for other uses, both now and in the future.
As the consent holder, it is your responsibility to adhere to the consent conditions. If you do not stay within those conditions, you risk enforcement action by the Northland Regional Council.
Monitoring of your consent
The impact of the activity which is allowed by the consent will be monitored, either by the Regional Council or by you, or both.
If you take responsibility for monitoring, you will be required to report results to the Regional Council in accordance with the consent conditions. The Council may also carry out independent tests.
Annual user charges
Holders of resource consents must pay an annual resource user charge to cover the costs of monitoring, supervision and administration. If extra monitoring and supervision is required because of non-compliance with the conditions of the consent, this will also be charged to the consent holder.
Transferring resource consents
Except in special cases, you are able to transfer your consent to another person. Contact the Northland Regional Council if you wish to do this. Ensure that you transfer your consent when you are selling your property. There is a transfer form to complete and a transfer fee to pay.
Almost all resource consents include an expiry date. If you wish to continue the activity after the expiry date, you will need to apply for a new consent at least six months before that date.
If the activity stated in your consent has not started within five years of the commencement date, the consent lapses. If you wish to have an extension of this period, please contact our staff at least six months beforehand.
Surrendering a consent
If you wish to surrender a resource consent, please notify the Northland Regional Council in writing.
Changing consent conditions
Resource consent conditions may be changed in a similar way as with a new application. However to do this you will need to apply to the Northland Regional Council. There is an appropriate fee, and your application may not be granted. The expiry date can never be changed.