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Free advice available on Resource Management Act

The Ministry for the Environment has developed new information material and an advisory service about the Resource Management Act (RMA) to help small businesses and the public.

A CD-ROM entitled “Your Interactive Guide to the RMA” is available, along with a boxed set of 13 booklets covering matters including:

  • Applying for a resource consent
  • Making a submission on a resource consent
  • Appearing at council hearings
  • The Environment Court.

The CD-ROM and booklets are available free of charge and are available to view or order from www.rma.govt.nz or email rmainfo@mfe.govt.nz

A pilot phone service providing general advice about the RMA and its processes has also been established. It operates 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday on 0800 RMAINFO (0800 762 4636).


Resource Consents

A resource consent allows a person or organisation to do something which has an effect on the environment (e.g. taking water from a stream or bore, discharging waste into the air, onto land or into water, diverting streams or building bridges or culverts).

Under the Resource Management Act the Waimate District Council issues two types of Resource Consent covering:

  • Land Use 
  • Subdivisions

If you are considering an activity, which may require a resource consent, our staff will be able to assist.  They can explain which activities require resource consents under the Resource Management Act.  If a consent is required they can also provide guidance on the type of effects assessment and consultation which would be appropriate for your proposal.

Refer to the District Plan OR Contact the Council’s Resource Planner, ph 03 689 0000 if you are planning any development or subdivision.

To view and download or print the Resource Consent Application Forms, please click here.


District Plan

The Waimate District Plan became operative in October 2001, and is due to be reviewed in 2005. Copies of the District Plan can be purchased from the Council office for a cost of $200.00.