Rates, Building and Property

Instant resource consent

You’ll need an instant resource consent if your property is zoned residential and you’re building close to your neighbour’s boundary. This is a common resource consent when people are planning a new build, extension or garage.

Instant resource consents require written approval from your neighbour

Before you apply for an instant resource consent, you need to get written approval from the owners of the property you are proposing to go closer to. This must be submitted to us using the Affected Persons Approval Form, along with a copy of the site plan signed by your neighbours. You must also ensure there are no other non-compliances with the District Plan.

You must provide accurate information and site plans to the affected persons (your neighbours) so they know what they are approving. These must clearly show the dimensions of the structure you are proposing to build and the distance between it and the shared boundary.

If you are unsure who is an affected person or cannot get written approval from your neighbours, contact a duty planner who will advise you of the next step to take.

For current fees and charges and the Affected Persons Approval Form, see the downloads section at the end of this page.

Contact a Council duty planner if you have any questions

The Council's duty planner can answer any questions you may have. Call 06 356 8199 or visit our Customer Service Centre on the Square between 10.30am and 3pm during the week.

It is always good to bring as much information as you can about the site you are talking about and details about what you are proposing to do.