A resource consent is just what it says it is – approval for you to use a ‘resource’ such as land. You'll need one if you're planning to subdivide land or undertake any activity on a site that doesn't comply with the rules and standards of our District Plan.
A resource consent comes with a very important responsibility: it requires you to consider the effects of your resource use on the environment and your community, and to reduce any effects that are significant.
The video below makes it easy to understand what's involved in a resource consent.
A resource consent is different from a building consent, which you’ll need if you’re constructing, altering, demolishing or removing a building. For some activities you may also need resource consent from the Greater Wellington Regional Council.