Resource consents

Environment Southland produces plans under the Resource Management Act 1991, which regulate activities that may impact our natural resources including soil, air, water, and the coast.

Notice for prospective applicants:
From the 3rd June 2016, the relevant objectives, policies and rules of the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan, in addition to those in the existing Regional Water Plan, must be considered in all resource consent applications lodged with Environment Southland.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When applying for resource consent you need to complete the Part A form plus any relevant Part B forms, and provide any other information requested on the forms (such as maps or management plans).

Your application must be mailed or delivered in hard copy to Environment Southland. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications via email at this time.

All applications must be accompanied by the prescribed deposit shown on the Part A form. An application lodged without the required deposit will be returned if payment is not received within three working days. This deposit will go towards our costs of processing the application. If the full cost of processing the application is more than the deposit paid, you will be invoiced the outstanding costs. If the full cost of processing the application was less than the deposit, you may be due a refund.

Please note that annual administration and monitoring charges will apply after a consent has been granted.

Part A form

This form must be completed and accompany all consent applications made to council. If you are applying for multiple consents, this form needs to be completed only once.

Download the Part A Form.

​Part B forms

All activities
Burning for vegetation clearance
Dairy farming
Coastal activities
Construct a culvert or bridge, or other in-stream works
Construct a bore and undertake pump test
Cultivation
Discharge contaminants
Dust suppressants
Gravel extraction
Intensive winter grazing
Water permit
Whitebaiting
Other forms

Fees and charges

User charges

The fees and user charges for resource consent activities are set out in our Long-term Plan. Download the document above to find out specific deposits and ongoing costs for the current year.

Activities

All activities

​Forms Part A form
​InformationMust be used for all applications unless stated on Part B form.​

Burning for vegetation clearance

​Forms Land use consent for vegetation clearance

Dairy farming

​Forms Farm dairy effluent discharge permit
Farm dairy effluent applications
Construct effluent storage pond
​​Information Application guide - farm dairy effluent
Conversion Environmental Plan template
Expansion of a Dairy Farm
Establishing a new dairy farm

Coastal activities

​Forms Application for a coastal permit
Transfer coastal permit
Harbourmaster technical comment
Transfer ownership of a coastal permit
​Information General information required in all coastal permit applications

If you are applying for a consent to carry out an activity in a coastal area, please read the information on this page. You may need to seek the views of customary marine title applicants before lodging your resource consent application.​

If you're applying for an activity which may adversely affect navigational safety in the coastal marine area (CMA), we ask that you lodge a completed Technical Comment form from the Environment Southland Harbourmaster with your application, to ensure the application process is quicker. This is a request and not a requirement.

​Construct a culvert or bridge, or other in-stream works

​Forms Consent for works in the beds or margins of watercourses or lakes
Harbourmaster technical comment
​Information Culvert and bridge information
Culvert installation diagram

Construct a bore and undertake pump test

​Forms Application to construct a bore

Cultivation

​Forms Application for cultivation
​Information Factsheet - cultivating on sloping land

Cultivation is an issue for Southland’s water quality as it moves sediment, phosphorus and E.coli as runoff or overland flow.  Under the provisions in the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan, cultivating on sloping land remains a permitted activity if you can meet certain criteria. If not, you may need to apply for a consent. Read the factsheet to find out more about this.

Note: You are NOT required to send a separate Part A form for this activity.

Discharge contaminants

​Forms Discharge contaminants to land (non-dairy)
Discharge contaminants to air
Discharge to water (non-dairy)
Transfer ownership of a discharge permit

Dust suppressants

​Forms Discharge dust suppressants to land
​InformationYou are NOT required to send a separate Part A form for this activity.

Gravel extraction

​Forms Application for gravel extraction
Evaluation form for gravel extraction
Harbourmaster technical comment
​Information Example application for gravel extraction​​

If you're applying for an activity which may adversely affect navigational safety in navigable rivers, we ask that you lodge a completed Technical Comment form from the Environment Southland Harbourmaster with your application, to ensure the application process is quicker. This is a request and not a requirement.

Intensive winter grazing

​Forms​ Restricted discretionary form
Policy checklist for restricted discretionary consent
​Information​ Consent advice for intensive winter grazing
A guide to discretionary or non-complying intensive winter grazing
Online tool: Do I need consent for my intensive winter grazing?

Water permit

​Forms Permit to take and use groundwater
Permit to take and use surface water
Dam or divert water
Transfer ownership of a water permit

Whitebaiting

​Forms Occupy the coastal area with a whitebait stand

Other forms

​ Certificate of compliance
Change or cancel consent conditions
Make a submission
Surrender a resource consent
Transfer ownership of a land use permit
Withdrawal of right to be heard
Withdraw a resource consent application
Written approval of an affected party

Frequently Asked Questions

In what instances will I need a resource consent?

The plans page list a range of activities which are "permitted". This means you do not need a resource consent provided you meet the conditions of the relevant permitted activity rule.

However, you may need to apply for a resource consent when:

  • your proposed activity is not specifically addressed in the plan;
  • your proposed activity cannot meet the conditions of the relevant permitted activity rule; and/or
  • your proposed activity is listed as a controlled, restricted discretionary, discretionary, or non-complying activity.

You may need a resource consent if you wish to:

  • dam, divert, take and/or use water;
  • undertake activities in the coastal marine area;
  • undertake activities in/over/near waterbodies;
  • discharge contaminants to air, land or water;
  • and/or use land for certain activities.

If you are uncertain as to whether you need a consent for your proposed activity, please contact the duty consents officer on 0800 76 88 45 or service@es.govt.nz for further advice. We can provide information on what consents you might need, how to apply, and what information you'll need to provide.  Additionally, you are welcome to request a free half-hour meeting to discuss your application and any questions you may have before you lodge it for processing.

Which rules apply?

There are currently a number of resource management plans in play. This is because the rules in the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan have legal effect from the date of notification (3 June 2016) but the existing operative plans still have full legal effect and weight.

Some existing activities have been allowed (permitted) by the operative plans, but they need a resource consent under the proposed plan.

In some cases, you may be able to continue your existing activities without consent if the effects are the same or similar in character, intensity and scale, and you were carrying out this activity before the notification of the proposed plan (3 June 2016).

Find out more here.

How does the resource consent process work?

The Ministry for the Environment's guide Applying for a Resource Consent provides detail to help with understanding the resource consent process. We strongly recommend reading this document before preparing your application. The same website also provides a helpful overview of the main stages of the application process.

What is an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)?

An Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) must be included with your application. The Ministry for the Environment has developed a useful guide to help with understanding and preparing AEEs.

What does notification mean?

The Council decides whether the application will be non-notified, limited notified, or publicly notified, on the basis of how it will affect the environment and/or other parties. This will affect whether written approvals will be needed, or if submissions from other parties can be made.

If an application is notified, it means that there is a specified period in which other parties can make a formal submission on the application. Notification may be "limited" so that only certain parties can submit, or "public" so that anyone can submit.

More information about the different types of notification can be found in the document Applying for a Resource Consent produced by the Ministry for the Environment.

What is consultation?

Consultation involves discussing your proposed activity with potentially affected parties before lodging your application. The Ministry for the Environment has developed a Guide to Consultation in order to assist applicants undertaking consultation.

Where can I find information for my application?

Environment Southland has a GIS mapping service called Beacon, which is available to the public. Here you can find property details, consents in your area, and environmental information such as soil classifications and water quality.

How long will it take to process my application?

The Resource Management Act 1991 requires regional councils to process consent applications in 20 working days. However, this length of time can increase under certain circumstances including when:

  • further information is required
  • a technical review is commissioned
  • written approvals from affected parties are needed
  • the application is notified
  • a hearing is required

If you have an application lodged with Environment Southland, the processing officer will keep you updated with its progress.

How can I get a copy of a consent?

You can find out information about your consent, including its reference number and expiry, through our GIS mapping service Beacon. You can also request a copy of a consent by contacting the duty consents officer on 0800 76 88 45 or service@es.govt.nz.

Page reviewed: 21 Nov 2017 3:01pm