Frequently asked questions about Resource Consents: What they are, whether you need one and how to go about applying for one.
A Resource Consent is Council's permission to carry out an activity which may have an impact on the environment. Resource Consents should not be confused with Building Consents, which involve buildings and structures. You may need both depending on your project.
Hastings District Plan divides the district into zones and specifies what sorts of activities are permitted in those different zones, what activities will need a Resource Consent, and what is prohibited in each zone.
When the council considers an application for a Resource Consent it follows the processes set out in the Resource Management Act.
Whether you will need a Resource Consent and, if so, what type you will need depends on your proposal and the relevant District Plan rules and standards for your site.
For example, a Resource Consent may be needed to build a house or garage, subdivide your property, move earth, run an event or concert, alter or demolish a heritage building, put up a sign etc.
Before you start any activity that might affect your neighbours, your wider community, or the environment, you should contact Council; phone 871 500. An environmental consents planner will be able to tell you whether you need to apply for a Resource Consent.
Hastings District Council deals with Resource Consents for two types of projects:
A subdivision consent is required to legally divide land or buildings for separate ownership, such as new lots or sections (fee simple or an adjustment of property boundaries), unit titles, cross leases, or company leases.
A land use consent is required if your building project or activity does not comply with the planning rules or standards in the Hastings District Plan. You also have the option of amending your proposal so that it complies with the planning rules and standards so that a Resource Consent is not needed.
Please note: If any building work (including plumbing and drainage) is necessary the Building Consents page, it is likely that you will also need to obtain a Building Consent under the Building Act. The Resource Management Act is concerned with keeping the environment a pleasant place to live, work and play, while the Building Act is focused on whether buildings are healthy and safe places, for example, ensuring they structurally sound with sufficient ventilation and adequate drainage.
Your first step should be to speak to an environmental consents planner at Council.
A more detailed description of the application process can be found on the 'Resource Consents applications' page.
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