Resource Consents

Resource Consents give you permission to use or develop a natural or physical resource and/or carry out an activity that affects the environment. It's the official approval from your Regional Council that allows you to carry out these activities.


There are national and regional rules for undertaking certain activities that affect the environment, and sometimes this means you need a consent. Obtaining a resource consent will provide you with certainty that you can do an activity.

Resource consents are issued under the Resource Management Act 1991 and help ensure that any effect on the environment is managed sustainably. There is a set process, with set timeframes that Councils need to follow.

A consent is required if you wish to do something that is not permitted by regional plans or national standards. As part of this work, we provide advice and information to resource users, and participate in consent appeals and objections to provide a regional perspective on acceptable environmental outcomes.

We are available to guide you through this process and provide tips on how to make it a smooth experience. This can be done by contacting us at, or calling 0800 474 082.

The purpose of a resource consent is to put controls around activities that may have an effect on the environment. Consents must meet the requirements of:


Finding consents throughout the region

You can use our mapping tool (Otago Maps) to locate consents across Otago.


Notice of update to consent application forms

The Otago Regional Policy Statement 2019 (ORPS 2019) became fully operative on 4 March 2024 and the Proposed Otago Regional Policy Statement (P-ORPS 2021) was fully notified on 30 March 2024.  These changes require us to update our consent applications forms, which we are in the process of doing. In the meantime, if we need any further from the applicant on the policy assessment, we will be in touch.


Stages of the Consents process

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