Resource consent charges and fees

Find out the fees and charges that apply for a resource consent.


Resource consent fees

All fees include GST and are payable under section 36 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

Application fees

The resource consent application fees cover only the cost of processing your application. If we approve your application you might also have to pay:

  • additional processing fees
  • consultants’, advisors’ and specialists’ fees (at cost)
  • the costs of disbursements, such as venue hire for hearings, photocopying, catering, postage and public notifications (at cost)
  • monitoring fees while the work's underway, to cover costs for site visits, research, photos, communications and administration

Any consents that are over statutory timeframes will be discounted in accordance with the provisions in s36AA of the RMA.

Application type Processing/Administration 2022/2023 Fee
Pre-application meetings  $180.00 per hour with technician/graduate or intermediate resource consents planner, engineer

$200.00 per hour with senior/principal resource consents planner or team leader/manager, senior/principal engineer

Consultants charged at actual cost
Notified application - hearing required Processing/Administration: Up to 50 hours at the senior rate $10,000.00
Additional fee of $1,000.00 for applications requiring notification in a daily newspaper
Notified application - no hearing required Processing/Administration: Up to 35 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour
$6,480.00
Limited notification Processing/Administration: Up to 35 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour
$6,480.00
Non-notified resource consent Processing/Administration: Up to 7 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour
$1,440.00
Non-notified resource consent - residential additions and alterations Processing/Administration: Up to 5 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour 
$1,080.00
Boundary deemed permitted activitiesProcessing/Administration: Up to 3 hours $540.00
Marginal or temporary activity exemptions Processing/Administration: Up to 3 hours $540.00
Additional processing by technician/graduate or intermediate resource consents planner, engineer, administration and monitoring   $180.00 per hour
Additional processing by senior/principal resource consents planner or team leader/manager, senior/principal engineer   $200.00 per hour
Hearing commissioner time shall be recovered for time spent in hearings and deliberating  Council Commissioners:
Chair: $100.00 per hour
Members: $80.00 per hour
Independent Commissioners:
Chair: Actual Cost
Member of hearing panel: Actual Cost
Fast Track - non-notified consents only - issued within 10 days
Note: conditions apply, applications will be accepted on a case by case basis
  Two times the normal fee
Additional processing time: $360.00 per hour 
Fast Track - non-notified consents only - issued within 5 days
Note: conditions apply, applications will be accepted on a case by case basis
  Three times the normal fee
Additional processing time: $540.00 per hour

Application type Processing/Administration 2022/2023 Fee
Pre-application meeting  $180.00 per hour with technician/graduate or intermediate resource consents planner, engineer

$200.00 per hour with senior/principal resource consents planner or team leader/manager, senior/principal engineer

Consultants charged at actual cost
Notified application - hearing required Processing/Administration: Up to 50 hours at the senior rate $10,000.00
Additional fee of $1,000.00 for applications requiring notification in a daily newspaper
Notified application - no hearing required Processing/Administration: Up to 37 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour 
$6,840.00
Limited notification Processing/Administration: Up to 35 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour 
$6,480.00
Subdivision consent  including land use consentProcessing/Administration: Up to 16 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour 
$3,111.00
Subdivision consent including certificate under section 223 of the RMAProcessing/Administration: Up to 14 hours
Monitoring: 1 hour
$2,700.00
Certificate under section 224 of the RMAProcessing/Administration: Up to 3 hours by senior/team leader$600.00
Certificate under section 226 of the RMAProcessing/Administration: Up to 6 hours$1,080.00
Section 241 and 243 RMA applicationProcessing/Administration: Up to 6 hours$1,080.00
Rights of wayProcessing/Administration: Up to 6 hours$1,080.00
Rights of way sealing feeProcessing/Administration: Up to 2 hours by senior/team leader$400.00
Additional processing by technician/graduate or intermediate resource consents planner, engineer, administration and monitoring $180.00 per  hour
Additional processing by senior/principal resource consents planner or team leader/manager, senior/principal engineer $200.00 per hour
Hearing commissioner time shall be recovered for time spent in hearings and deliberating Council Commissioners:
Chair: $100.00 per hour
Members: $80.00 per hour
Independent Commissioners:
Chair: Actual Cost
Member of hearing panel: Actual Cost

Application typeProcessing/Administration 2022/2023 Fee
Sec 139A Existing Use Certificate application Processing/Administration: Up to 6 hours $1,080.00
Certificate of Compliance Processing/Administration: Up to 6 hours $1,080.00
Outline plan or waiver Processing/Administration: Up to 6 hours
Monitoring: 1 inspection 
$1,260.00
Section 10 waiver, section 37 waiver, section 125 extension, section 126 cancellation, sections 127 & 128 review (non-notified) RMA Processing/Administration: Up to 6 hours $1,080.00
Bond preparation and/or releaseProcessing/Administration: 2 hours by senior/team leader$400.00
Additional time: $200.00 per hour
Disbursements: Actual cost
Processing request for removal of building lineProcessing/Administration: Up to 1 hour$180.00
Additional time: $180.00 per hour
Disbursements: Actual cost 
Certificate of Use under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012   $360.00
Sealing fee (for urgent applications for registrable instruments)   $200.00
Certificate under Overseas Investment Act 1973   $540.00
Cost of disbursements i.e. venue hire, photocopying, catering, postage, public notification   Actual cost
Independent consultants, advisors, specialists   Actual cost invoiced monthly
Discharge or withdrawal of registrable instruments Legal costs: Actual cost
Officer's time: $180.00 per hour 
Approval, variation or revocation of easements Legal costs: Actual cost
Officer's time: $180.00 per hour

InitiativeProcessing/Administration 2022/2023 Fee
Eco Design Advisor home visit (2 hours)   Free
Domestic solar hot water heating panels Processing/Administration: Up to 5 hours
Monitoring: 1 inspection
Free
Additional time: Standard charges for the category of consent will apply 
Solar water heating systems
Hot water systems i.e. wetbacks associated with wood pallet stoves or low-emission wood burners
Hot water heat pump systems
Home Star certified assessmentProcessing/Administration: Up to 8 hours$1,500.00
Additional time: $180.00 per hour 
All additional monitoring inspections $180.00 per hour

Property developers and new home builders are adding value to our city and helping us to grow. Their activities often require us to invest in new infrastructure, recreational facilities and community services.

To help cover the costs of these investments (and relieve other ratepayers from paying for them), we charge:

  • development contribution fees which go towards paying for growth-related infrastructure such as water, wastewater, stormwater, transport and roading services
  • reserves fees which go towards expanding our network of parks, reserves, playgrounds and sports grounds.

These fees apply to anyone:

  • subdividing land and creating new lots, or selling part of a lot (often the backyard) to enable another house to be built
  • building another house on a lot that already has one
  • building a retail, commercial or industrial (non-residential) building
  • expanding the floor area of a non-residential building by more than 10m2
  • changing the use of a non-residential building, but only if that change is accompanied by a more intensive use of the building. For example, converting a warehouse to offices would mean a significant increase in traffic and water/wastewater use
  • using a residential building for non-residential purposes
  • altering or adding to an existing house or flat and in doing so creating a separate, self-contained dwelling
  • connecting new water, wastewater and stormwater services. This typically applies when someone plans to sublet or sell part of a non-residential building that doesn’t yet have these services.
  • You won’t have to pay the fee if you’re doing additions or alterations to your home, or if you’ve already paid it as part of the fee for a resource consent.

Development and Financial Contributions Policy 2021-2031

How much will it cost?

Development Contributions

Development contributions are calculated differently depending on:

  • whether the property is residential or non-residential
  • which part of the city the property is in
  • how large the new or additional floor area is
  • for non-residential properties whether the development is for retail, commercial or industrial purposes

If you would like to get an idea of the development contributions payable try our calculator. For non-residential development you will need the gross floor area and the new impervious area. For residential development you will need the number of units and their size.

Development Contributions calculator

Development Contributions info sheet 2022/2023

Reserve contributions

Reserve contributions are up to 7.5% of the value of a new allotment created by a subdivision.

  • for rural lots up to a maximum of $5,000
  • for residential lots up to a maximum of $10,000
  • there is no maximum for non-residential lots.