Making a submission

A submission is a written statement about a notified resource consent application. It may support or oppose the proposal, or just express a point of view.

Any person or organisation can make a submission on a publicly notified application. You have 20 working days to make a submission from the date of notification.

Before making a submission, you should:

  • ensure you understand what the application is about, and what the effects are likely to be, by reading all of the information provided with the application on the Notified applications page
  • talk to us or your own professional advisors about your issues and concerns, and how they might be addressed
  • talk to the applicant and discuss your issues and concerns with them. You may be able to reach an agreement without going through the formal submission process.

On this page you'll find information on preparing and lodging your submission, and what to expect from the submission process.

Preparing a submission

Your submission will be more effective if it is clear, concise and supports your views with adequate information. It must relate to issues that arise from the application.

Your submission must clearly state:

  • whether you support or oppose the application, or if you wish to make a comment only (neutral submission)
  • the particular parts of the application you are concerned about
  • your reasons for making the submission
  • the decision you would like the council to make
  • any conditions you feel should be imposed if the consent is granted
  • if you wish to speak in support of your submission at any hearing that may be held.

See the Ministry for the Environment's guide to making a resource consent submission for more advice on preparing your submission.

Lodging a submission

To make a resource consent submission, you can:

If the application requires a hearing, your submission will be published online, including your name and contact details.

We must receive your submission on or before the submission closing date stated on the public notice or letter.

Remember to send a copy of your submission to the applicant at the address given on their public notice or letter.

We encourage applicants and submitters to communicate directly with each other to discuss any concerns and identify ways to address them. If that doesn't work, the council may arrange a pre-hearing meeting to try to resolve these issues.

What happens next?

When you send your submission to the council, it is recorded and passed to the reporting planner. The reporting planner reviews your submission and assesses the issues you have raised.

The planner will note if the submission is in support, opposition, or conditional support. If there are any specialist issues, such as historic trees or road safety, the planner will generally forward those parts of the submission to the relevant council specialists for comment.

Once this review is complete the reporting planner will make an assessment of the application and submissions in a hearing report. Prior to the hearing, this report will be circulated to all the parties involved. You can choose to participate or not participate in the hearing.

If you choose to participate then change your mind, advise the relevant resource consent office as soon as possible before the date of the hearing, using the applicable area email address.  

For more on the hearing process, see notifications and hearings.

Area email addresses

Use the email addresses below to contact the resource consents team for the correct area:


Your feedback helps us to improve our website. If you have feedback about our services (not the website), please contact us.