What is a resource consent?
A resource consent is a written approval from the Council to undertake an activity that is not permitted as of right in the district plan (a permitted activity) or that contravenes a rule, a site standard or a zone standard in the district plan. The process for granting a resource consent is governed by the Resource Management Act and the district plan.
There are five different types of resource consent:
- Land use consents - this term applies to most resource consents and includes things like constructing a building, undertaking an activity, running an event, carrying out earthworks, clearance of large areas of vegetation etc.
- Subdivision consents – subdividing land to create one or more additional lots or Unit Titles or altering a boundary.
- Water permits - jetty construction and commercial activities like jet boat operating, fishing guiding, kayak hire/guiding.
- Discharge permits - for discharges into air, water or onto land. (Discharge consents are processed by the Otago Regional Council).
- Coastal permits (not applicable in the Lakes District).
When do you need a resource consent?
A resource consent may be required for any proposed activity that relates to the use of land, subdivision, water, soil resources, the coast, air, pollution and noise control. For example, you may need a resource consent if you plan to:
- Construct a new building
- Change the use of a residential or commercial building
- Undertake earthworks
- Build a wharf or jetty, or place a mooring
- Erect a sign
- Run a large event
- Take water other than for domestic use
- Clear significant areas of vegetation
- Build a bridge over a waterway
- Discharge waste into water, into the air, or on to land.
If you are unsure, please contact a duty planner on 03 441 0499 or email
How do I get one?
Please complete the application form in full and provide all of the necessary associated information.
Completed applications can now be submitted online. Click here to get started! Or send your completed application to QLDC, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown.
- General Information
- Resource Consents
- The Resource Management Act 1991
- Development Contributions
- Application Forms, Fees & Information
- View Resource Consent Information
- Online Consent Application