Rates, Building and Property

Apply for resource consent

Find out when you need resource consent, how to apply, and what's involved.

When you need resource consent

If you want to build or use your land in a way that doesn’t comply with the District Plan, you’ll need to get permission from Council. A resource consent is the permission Council gives you to use a resource or carry out an activity. For example, you may be building a new house and can’t meet the required height rule. Or you might want to build close to a boundary you share with a neighbour.

If you meet all the rules, you won’t need a resource consent. If you think a proposed site use like a home business or other business activity meets the rules, you may want to apply for a certificate of compliance. This is a legal document that Council issues to certify that you comply with all the relevant rules of the District Plan.

If you’re applying for resource consent to subdivide a property, build a dwelling or non-residential building, relocate a house or connect services to an existing site, you may need to pay a development contribution.

To find out whether your plans will need resource consent, call us on 06 356 8199

How to apply

If you know what rules you can’t meet and are ready to apply for resource consent, download the application form at the bottom of this page or phone 06 356 8199 and ask us to send you one in the post.

You’ll also need to provide a written assessment of environmental effects. Your assessment should detail any likely adverse effects of your proposal on the land or environment, and how you will avoid, mitigate or remedy them. The size of the assessment should be in line with the scale of the project.    

It's a good idea to speak to one of our duty planning officers before you lodge your application, to ensure you have everything you need. They can answer any questions you may have about your application. Or, you can seek advice from a private planning consultant.

Submitting your resource consent application

We can’t accept electronic applications. Please bring your application and deposit fee to the duty planner desk at the Council Customer Service Centre on the Square, or mail it to us with a cheque:

Resource Consent Administrator
Palmerston North City Council
Private Bag 11034
Manawatū Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

What it costs

See the planning fees and charges booklet at the bottom of the page.

How long it takes

The statutory timeframe for processing a resource consent is 20 working days. We may extend the timeframe under section 37 of the Resource Management Act. If we have to contact you for more information to help us process your application, we 'stop the clock' and put your application on hold until we have received it.

Frequently asked questions about resource consents

Do I have to tell my neighbour or anyone else about my proposal?

It is courteous to talk to your neighbours when you have a proposal in mind or before starting construction work. However, you’re not legally required to unless your project calls for resource consent and we think that anyone else is likely to be affected.

Can I stop my neighbour's proposal going ahead?

If the project is permitted by District Plan rules, you have no legal ability to become involved. However, you can contact us for more information about a proposal. If you are concerned about your neighbour's proposal, we recommend you talk to them about your concerns.

How long does my resource consent last?

A resource consent is granted for an unlimited time unless otherwise specified, however, the consent will lapse if you don’t use it within five years or any other period specified in the consent. If your consent is due to lapse, you can apply to extend it within three months before it expires.

When can I start my activity or work?

You may start as soon as you receive a decision, subject to meeting any conditions set as part of your consent and being issued with a performance certificate.