A resource consent gives you permission to carry out an activity that is not allowed as of right in the District Plan, and may affect the environment. We are governed by the Resource Management Act.
Check our District Plan to find out if your project needs a resource consent.
To help you, we have a resource consent duty planner available between 1pm to 4.30pm every day from Monday to Friday. We want to save you time and worry and our planners will be able to answer general questions about the District Plan or whether resource consent is needed for your project. Simply phone us on (04) 237 5089, or come to our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua.
The first two hours of advice are free.
For projects involving subdivision or land development with building work, you will need a resource consent for the overall activity and a building consent for the building work.
Explanation of officer rates
Rates are not dependent on the experience level of the processing officer. Applicants are entitled to the same quality and timeliness of service independent of the officer’s experience. Chargeable hours are adjusted downwards accordingly for less experienced staff such that learning and mentoring required is not charged for. It’s not considered equitable to charge a higher rate purely because a more experienced staff member is processing their application when the chargeable time involved in the same.
Recovery time spent on pre-application – discussions, assessment and feedback
Council’s Policy for Administrative Charges under the Resource Management Act 1991 states that advice provided by Council officers prior to an application being received may be charged for after the second hour at the relevant hourly rate that applies for that particular financial year as contained within the Schedule of Administrative Charges under the Resource Management Act 1991.
What you need to know
Our District Plan is governed by the Resource Management Act (RMA).
There are five different types of resource consent. Porirua City issues two types:
Greater Wellington Regional Council issues the other three:
Visit Greater Wellington Regional Council - Resource Consents webpage for more information.
You may need a resource management consultant to prepare your application.
Your application will need to include an Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) report describing the environmental effects of your project.
You can prepare your AEE report yourself or use a consultant.
Silt and sediment are a problem for our harbour. We have guidelines on how you will need to control silt and sediment run off (all in pdf format).
Small Building Sites Minimum Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements (particularly relevant to Aotea)
The Resource Management Act has been amended on 18 October 2017 to allow for certain infringements on boundaries to not have to go through a standard resource consent application process. Such infringements are known as a ‘Boundary Activity‘ and are applicable in situations where:
Examples of ‘boundary rules’ in the Porirua City District Plan is the ‘Other Yards’ and ‘Height Recession Plane’ Permitted Activity Standards. In situations where the infringement of the ‘boundary rule’ is with a boundary adjoining a public area such as a Road, Neighbourhood Park, or Esplanade Reserve then the proposal cannot be treated as Boundary Activity.
In such situations you will still need to apply to us for a Boundary Activity for the proposal to be able to be treated as a Permitted Activity. As part of your application, certain information will need to be provided and the written approval from each owner of an adjoining allotment with an infringed boundary included. The application form and written approval form which are to be used are below. The information requirements are set out within the form.
Resource consent applications can now be submitted online via our new online portal.
Note that you need to create an online account in order to submit your application. Once you are all setup, click on services and select resource consent interim application form. Enter the information requested on the online form and upload your documents. As this is not a full application form, you will still need to upload your Form 9 application form and any other documentation to support your application. Once submitted, a copy of our invoice will follow shortly.
Alternatively, if you wish to submit a hard copy of your resource consent application, we need two copies of your application, supporting documents, and originals of all plans.
We’ll go through your checklist, and take your deposit if everything’s in order.
We need three copies of your application, supporting documents, and originals of all plans.
If it hasn’t got everything, we may need to reject it.
You can save time by bringing your application in to us.
You need to pay a deposit when you submit your application. When we finish processing your application, we will invoice you for any extra costs.
There is an hourly charge of $184 for any extra time needed to process an application beyond the value of the deposit. You may also be charged for the time we spend providing advice to you before we receive your application, if it is longer than two hours.
👉 Download the 2020/21 fee list here.
You may also need to refer to the Code of Land Development and Subdivision Engineering (982KB pdf). These set out the engineering requirements and standards for subdivisions and other engineering developments within Porirua City’s urban and rural areas.
When we receive your resource consent application, we will decide whether other people or organisations need to be consulted about the project. This determines how the application will be processed and how long it will take.
We sort applications into three categories:
If your resource consent application needs to be notified, you’ll be told what to do.
You can carry out the consultation yourself or employ a consultant to do it for you.
If your application is straight forward and non-notified (it doesn’t need to involve other people or organisations), it takes up to 20 working days to process from the time we accept it and receive your deposit.
We’ll contact you if we need more information to process your application. The 20-day clock will be paused until we receive what we need.
Notified applications (those that could affect other people or the public) will take longer, to give people time to respond. More time is required if there are submissions or objections to an application and a hearing is needed.