Planning Guidance and Resource Consents


​*​Important note re Building & Resource Consent Christmas processing times 2018/2019

Under the Building Act 2004, the period between 20 December and 10 January each year are excluded from the working days count for all consent processing timeframes. ​​ View our news release​ for full de​tails on our 2018-19 Christmas processing times and deadlines​.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Will you need a Resource Consent?

Any development, be it subdivision or other proposed use of a site, must be assessed against the Operative Opotiki District Plan. Anything not permitted by the district plan requires a resource consent. Activities that may require a resource consent range from building too close to the boundary, to planning a new multi-level apartment building, to wanting to set up a work from home business. Opotiki District Council issues two types of resource consent covering land use and subdivisions.

You need to apply for a land use resource consent if a building or proposed activity doesn't comply with the district plan.

You need a subdivision resource consent if a new section is to be created from an existing section, or you're planning to adjust the boundary of your property.

Some activities may proceed without resource consent as a permitted activity, if they comply in all respects with any conditions set in the district plan. The district plan identifies the conditions for permitted activities in each particular zone. Check the district planning maps to determine which zone the location of your proposed activity is in. If your proposed activity is not listed as permitted, or does not comply with the zone standards, it will require resource consent.

How to apply for a Resource Consent

You will need to complete a Resource Consent Application (PDF, 916KB). If you’re applying for subdivision consent, you also need to complete a Section 223/224 and Other Associated Documents Application (PDF, 504KB). 

You will need to seek approval from any persons affected by your proposal by completing the Written Approval of Affected Persons form (PDF, 868KB).

An initial deposit fee for processing this application will be charged at the time of lodgement in accordance with the Planning and Resource Management fees and charges which can be found in our Fees and Charges Schedule​ (PDF, 551KB).

Further information on fees, and information that is required to be lodged with your application, can be found in the Resource Consent Application document.

Resource consent applications have a statutory processing timeframe of 20 working days, provided all the relevant information is attached and the application can be processed without limited or public notification.​

Flood levels information required for resource consent applications

When applying for resource consent, you need to include a letter from Bay of Plenty Regional Council confirming the AEP flood level of the application site. A letter can be obtained free of charge by either phoning BOPRC on 0800 884 881 or emailing your name, the address of the property you are seeking an AEP for, and your phone number to info@bopr​ BOPRC will take up to 5 working days to provide you with the letter.

Limited Notified Application – RC-2018-44 Gull Service Station, 58 Bridge Street, Opotiki

Submissions close on: 19 November 2018

The application may be inspected at Opotiki District Council's office, 108 St John Street, Opotiki. Only persons notified of this application in writing by letter dated 15 October 2018 may make a submission.

Submissions must be in writing and in the form specified at Form 13, Resource Management Regulations. A copy of the form can be found below.

You must serve a copy of any submission on the applicant at the address of service stated in the application form as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission on the Opotiki District Council.

2018-05-14 - Resource consent application for Gull self-service station (PDF, 53.3MB)
2018-07-26 - S92 response part 1 for Gull service station, 58 Bridge Street (PDF, 512KB)
2018-09-12 - S92 response part 2 for Gull Service station (PDF, 4.68MB)
2018-09-19 - Site Management Plan for Earthworks (PDF, 198KB)
2018-09-21 - Landscape Plan (PDF, 447KB)
2018-10-09 - S92 response part 3 for Gull service station, including revised plans (PDF, 1.45MB)
2018-10-11 - Additional clarification about earthworks in drain (PDF, 71.8KB)
2018-10-11 - Written consent from NZTA (PDF, 980KB).

How to make a submission on a Resource Consent

You will need to complete a Submission on Resource Consent application form​ (PDF, 443KB).

You can scan the completed form and email to us at, post to PO Box 44, Opotiki 3162 or drop in to our Customer Services desk at 108 St John Street, Opotiki.

Deemed Permitted Boundary Activities

If your activity is a boundary activity and you are able to provide us with the required information, it may be approved as a deemed permitted boundary activity without requiring resource consent.

Complete the Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity application form (PDF, 459KB) and get written approval from the owner(s) of the neighbouring properties where the infringements occur by completing the Deemed Permitted Boundary Written Approval form (PDF, 417KB).

Further information on deemed permitted boundary activities is available on the Ministry for the Environment's website.

Certificate of Compliance

If your proposed activity does not require resource consent, you can apply for a certificate of compliance by completing a Certificate of Compliance application form (PDF, 543KB).

A certificate of compliance is not mandatory, but it provides official recognition that your activity can take place without resource consent and gives protection against future changes for its five-year term. It's up to you to provide evidence of your proposed activity's compliance with the district plan. We'll process your application and issue a certificate if we're satisfied the activity is permitted without a resource consent.​

How to arrange contact with our planning and resource consents team

We encourage you to discuss your proposal with us at an early stage to confirm what type of consents you need and ensure you understand the resource consent process.

By phone or email

If you would like a member of the team to call or email you to discuss your enquiry, you can phone us on (07) 315 3030 to lodge a call or email return  request or click here to use our request a call or email return online form.

In person

If you would like to come in and meet with a member of the team, you can either call us on (07) 315 3030 to lodge an appointment request or click here to use our request an appointment online form.

How long will it take us to respond?

We have set a service standard of 5 days to call or email you back to either discuss your enquiry or set an appointment date and time. And we have a service standard of 10 working days to have the appointment with you.

If your request is urgent, please note this on the form and we will do our best to respond as quickly as we can - we are a small team though and this is not always possible. Any change to our service timeframes is at the discretion of the Planning and Regulatory Manager.

Resource consent applications received for the Opotiki District Council



Page reviewed: 13 Nov 2018 11:58am