Do you need a consent?
Engage your regional council early in proceedings and use their advisory service to help you
What is a resource consent?
A resource consent allow growers to do something that may have an effect on our environment. As a consequence of measurement requirements it also allows the region to (with increasing accuracy) build a picture and understanding of the water resource. Most importantly it will lead to more efficient allocation for growers and a more sustainable outcome for their region.
Applicants can make their application directly, however, the nature of applying for a resource consent application for water is becoming increasingly complex. It can save a lot of time and effort and facilitate a smoother transition through the council process when engaging a consultant.
In selecting a consultant:
- Ensure they have a thorough working knowledge with the district/regional plan and its specific resource management issues.
- Ensure their familiarity with the location where resource consents are being sought for.
- Ensure they are experienced in and familiar with the activities which the resource consents are being sought
- Ensure they understand wider community and stakeholder interests and implications
- Ask for references so you can seek feedback from other growers
Suitable support is best sought through a reputable natural resource engineer or environmental consultant.
Consulting costs can vary and so it is recommended growers request a scope of works and a quote. Costs can include just preparation of application through to getting it granted but additional costs may be incurred through aquifer or bore testing, the use of SPASMO or Overseer (alternate model used to determine crop water needs).
What you need to think about to make an application for a resource consent?
The consent process can be undertaken by the applicant or as often happens the applicant can engage a qualified consultant to progress their application and work with council.
Things to think about when looking to make a resource consent application:
1. Applicant and site details:
- Contact your regional council
- Application form
- Location of activity
- Drawn plan of activity
- Water take details – source of water (ground or surface)?
- Water course or body details
2. Water activity details
- General description of activities
- Water use – what will do with the water you take?
- Irrigation method
- Maximum rate of take
- Maximum daily quantity
- Seasonal nature of requirement
- Type and area of each crop
- Total area irrigated (show on plan)
3. Assessment of community & environmental affects – what regional rules might affect your project?
- Alternative sources of water
- Potential effects on environment
- Effects on other users – directly, indirectly who has an interest in your immediate environment?
- Mitigation of potential effects
- Consultation with iwi and other identified affected parties
Bay of Plenty
Those employing frost protection will definitely have the potential to use a lot more water within 24 hours than the permitted volumes allow.
*The above rule of thumb is indicative only.
- BOPRC ‘Find out if you need to apply for a consent?’
- Pictorial step by step explanation of the process of applying for a resource consent in the BOP
- BOPRC The consent process information
- The consent process and what you need to know document
Use their advisory service to help you:
Consents.Queries@boprc.govt.nz or 0800-884-881 x9090
There is always a Duty Consents Officer available who can answer most questions. If someone is needing to lodge an application, they get 1hr of free staff time to assist at pre-app stage.
If you wish to discuss your proposal with NRC, please contact their consents team at the following phone numbers and email address. NRC provides the first half hour of advice free.
Phone: You can call NRC toll-free from anywhere within the Northland region between the hours of 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays), on 0800 002 004, or you can phone NRC’s main Whangarei office 09 470 1200 (directly).
Email: You can send NRC an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Consent Application Process – the link below provides discussion on application process, and links to application forms and fee schedules.