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About resource management

The Resources team facilitates the decision making process for proposals of national significance under the Resource Management Act 1991. 

Matters lodged may include:

  • applications for resource consent
  • a request for the preparation of a regional plan (other than a regional coastal plan)
  • a request for a change to a plan
  • an application for a change to or cancellation of conditions of a resource consent
  • a notice of a requirement for a designation or to alter a designation
  • a notice of requirement for a heritage order or to alter a heritage order.
All other matters under the Resource Management Act are managed by the Ministry for the Environment. See:

Policies and guides

We have created a tool kit to assist potential applicants and submitters, including forms and guides around the process

What is national significance?

The Minister determines whether a proposal is of national significance and directs it either to a Board of Inquiry or the Environment Court.

How we work with councils

When a matter has been lodged with us, affected councils must be involved in the process

Boards of inquiry

The Minister for the Environment can refer a matter to an independent board of inquiry and will appoint the board to consider the matter

Key Resource team staff

Find out who our key senior staff are in the Resources team

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