Ready to apply for consent

You can find Otago Regional Council’s resource consent application forms below.

Once you’re comfortable that you have all the information you need to submit a resource consent application.

Every consent application starts with Form 1. Then you will need to fill in any other appropriate forms for the activity you want to get consent for.

Once you’ve completed the necessary forms you can post them, drop them into one of our offices or lodge the consent by emailing consents.applications@orc.govt.nz. Please include ‘consent application’ in the subject line. 

Your application must be accompanied by the correct fee or deposit. We cannot process your application until the fee or deposit has been paid. Applications that do not have a fee or deposit with them, will be returned. If your application is returned as incomplete, then you will be charged for the time taken to consider the application and return it to you.  Please contact us before lodging your application with any queries and if you are unsure about how much you need to pay.

See the Fees and Charges page for more information on what it's likely to cost.

 

For dams and effluent ponds you may also need a building consent. Find out more here.

The information you provide with your application, which includes all associated reports and attachments, is official information. See more here on privacy and your consent application.

Before you apply you will need to check that your application includes any additional information and resource consents under any of the new rules in our recently notified Plan Changes  and the new national healthy waterways standards and regulations which apply from 3 September 2020. 

We know there are a lot of changes to take in and understand. We’re here to help. If you would like more information about the new rules and how they might affect you please call 0800 474 082 or email customerservices@orc.govt.nz

 

Application forms

Request for Pre-Application Advice

 

Application for Certificate of Compliance

 

Written approval of affected persons (Form 8A)

 

Notice of transfer of holder of permit (Form 15)
Use this form if you are seeking to transfer ownership of whole or part of a resource consent or deemed permit. 

Notice of Transmission of deceased ownership (Form 15A)
Use this form if you need to transfer a permit from someone recently deceased.

Surrender of a resource consent (Form 20)
Use this form if you wish to surrender your resource consent.

Application to change or cancel consent conditions (Form 22)
Use this form if you wish to change or cancel consent conditions.

 

Start here - Form 1

Resource Consent Application (Form 1)
This must be completed for all consent applications made to us. If multiple consents are required for an activity, Form 1 only needs be completed once.

View the Consent Process Guide

 

Intensive Grazing Short Term Consent (Form 51)

This form is required for intensive grazing under Plan Change 8 (Water Quality) of the Otago Water Plan. For other water quality consents, please refer to the the "Water Quality Consents" section below.

The government recently announced that some of the new national rules for existing intensive winter grazing will now not come in until May 2022.

In the meantime, you will need to follow rules about intensive grazing in Otago’s Water Plan, which are designed to protect waterways and are based on good management practice. These are the rules outlined in Plan Change 8.

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you do not need a resource consent for intensive grazing:

  • Is the area of intensive grazing the lesser of 100 ha, or 10% of the total landholding?
  • Does the area of intensive grazing avoid any critical source areas?
  • Are stock break or block fed from the top to the bottom of a slope?
  • Is a vegetated strip of at least 10m maintained between the area of intensive grazing and any water body?

You may also be able to continue intensive grazing without a consent under existing use rights, provided you continue grazing on the same scale with the same effects you have previously. This means if you are doing the same as last season, you should have existing use rights and should not need a consent.

If you can’t meet all the conditions listed above, you'll need to apply to us for a simplified resource consent to undertake intensive grazing this year. There is a cost of $200 for these resource consents. Consents will be issued for the period up to 1 November 2022.

Anyone who is unsure if they need a consent is encouraged to get in touch with our Consents Team on 0800 474 082 or by emailing public.enquiries@orc.govt.nz for help.

Application to dam water (Form 2)
Use this form for activities that seek to impound water behind a structure within a watercourse.

 

Application to divert water (Form 3)
Use this form for activities that seek to alter the flow path of a watercourse.

 

Application to take and use surface water (Form 4)
Use this form if you wish to take water from a water body, including rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands, springs, modified watercourses or drains (that are not located within the coastal marine area).

Note: This form has been updated to include the requirement to assess your application against the Proposed Water Permits Plan Change (Plan Change 7). Resource consent is currently required under both the Regional Plan: Water and Proposed Water Permits Plan Change. Please read the guidance at the start of the form about how that plan change will affect your application. Read the plan change and supporting information in full here.

 

​Completeness Checklist (Form 4)

 

Surface water take conditions for Form 4 (PDF)
Surface water take conditions for Form 4 (Word doc)

These are some of the likely conditions that may end up on your water permit. What conditions are added to a consent is decided on an application by application basis and are in line with the scale of the activity. You may find these useful in preparing your application or to see what type of conditions you may end up with on a permit

 

Application to use and maintain a water race (Form 4B)
Use this form if you are the holder of a deemed permit seeking clarification of your rights over another's land, for the purpose of registration against that title of land. Read the Section 417 Certificate guidance note.

 

To Take and Use Water: 6 Year Term (Form 4C)

 

Changes to Water Permit Application (Form 4D)

 

Application to take and use groundwater (Form 5)
Use this form if you wish to take and use groundwater

 

Application to transfer the site of a surface water or groundwater take (Form 16)
Use this form if you are a consent holder of a current water permit to take surface water or groundwater who would like to apply to transfer their permit to another site, if both sites are in the same catchment/aquifer, in accordance with section 136(4) and 136(5)(b).

 

Application for exemption to use a water measuring device near water source (Form 24)
Application for exemption to use a water measuring device or system installed near (instead of at) the location from which water is taken.

 

Application for exemption from the requirement to provide telemetered water meter data (Form 24B)

Application to discharge contaminants to land (Form 6)
Use this form if you wish to discharge contaminants to land.

For domestic wastewater discharges to land use Form 6A. 
Application to discharge from contaminated sites use Form 18.

Application to discharge wastewater to land (Form 6A)
Use this form if you wish to discharge domestic-type sewage or wastewater to land. E.g. from households or small-scale commercial operations (this includes motels, campgrounds, tearooms, restaurants and public toilets).

Application to discharge Water or contaminants to water (Form 7)
Use this form if you wish to discharge contaminants to water. 
For discharges of farm effluent use Form 7A. 
For discharges resulting from instream gravel extractions use Form 14.

Application to discharge dairy and/or piggery effluent to water (Form 7A)
Use this form if you wish to discharge farm effluent to water.

Application to discharge contaminants to air (Form 8)
Use this form for activities that seek to discharge contaminants to air.

Application to discharge contaminants to air from combustion processes (Form 8A)
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from combustion processes within the Otago Region including the Coastal Marine Area. This includes incinerators and boilers but excludes domestic fires and outdoor burning.

Application to discharge contaminants to air from quarry or mining processes (Form 8B)
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from quarry or mining activities within the Otago Region.

Application to discharge contaminants to air from wood processing industries (Form 8C)
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from wood processing industries within the Otago Region for the purpose of operating a wood processing plant.

Application to discharge contaminants to air from abrasive blasting (Form 8D)
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from abrasive blasting operations within the Otago Region, including the Coastal Marina Area, for the purpose of operating an abrasive blasting booth or mobile abrasive blasting operation.

Application to discharge contaminants to air from fibre glass product manufacture (Form 8E)
Use this form if you are seeking to discharge contaminants to air from the manufacture of fibre glass products within the Otago Region.

Application to discharge to air from effluent pond (Form 8F)
Use this form if you wish to discharge contaminants to air, including odour, from farm waste management.

Discharge of dust suppressants (Form 26)

Land Use Consent to construct a bore or drill over an aquifer (Form 9A)
Use this form if you wish to construct, drill or alter a bore or well, or if you wish to dredge, dig, pile drive over an aquifer (including drilling for geological investigation, drilling for geotechnical investigation or drilling for groundwater investigation).

Land Use Consent to drill on a contaminated site (Form 9B)
Use this form if you are seeking to drill holes for investigating a site to determine whether it is contaminated or if it is known to be contaminated, also to drill holes to install permanent/temporary monitoring wells for soil or groundwater.

Land Use Consent for structures in, on or over the bed of a waterbody (Form 10A)
Use this form for applications to erect, place, extend, alter, replace, reconstruct or demolish any structure in, on or over the bed of a waterbody e.g. bridges, culverts, boardwalks, pipes, cables, steps, buildings, fords, retaining walls, gabion baskets, jetties, planting etc.

Land Use Consent for drainage maintenance and stream clearing works (Form 10B)
Use this form for activities relating to stream clearing works for the purposes of land drainage, sediment removal and vegetation removal etc.

Land Use Consent – Defence Against Water (Form 10C)
Use this form when applying for resource consent to erect, place, extend, alter, replace, reconstruct, demolish or remove any defence against water, other than on the bed of any lake or river.

Land use consent application for mining (Form 11)
Use this form if for mining activities that occur within the bed of a watercourse.
For gravel extraction from the bed of a watercourse use Form 14.

Application to disturb a contaminated site (Form 18)
Use this form if you wish to undertake disturbance of a contaminated sites. This includes the discharge of contaminants to water, air or into or onto land, and the deposition of contaminants into or onto land.

Use of land for residential development earthworks (Form 28)

Section 62(3) of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 requires that where the activity occurs over an area where a Customary Marine Title has been applied for, the applicant must notify and seek the views of the group who have applied for the Customary Marine Title prior to applying for resource consent. Prior to lodging resource consent for any activities in the coastal marine area, please ensure that consultation with all Customary Marine Title Group applicants who have applied for a title over the coastal marine area that may be affected by the application is undertaken. Current applications can be viewed here.

Coastal Permit - General (Form 12)
Use this form for all activities within the coastal marine area.
For moorings use Form 12A; and for boatsheds, jetties, slipways etc - use Form 12B

Coastal Permit - Mooring (Form 12A)
Use this form for applications to occupy the coastal marine area with new and existing moorings.

Coastal Permit - Boatsheds, jetties, Slipways etc (Form 12B)
Use this form for applications to occupy the coastal marine area with existing structures.

Permitted Transfer of Swing Mooring (Form 12C)
Notice of Transfer of Swing Mooring Location under Permitted Activity Rule 8.5.1.3 of the Regional Plan: Coast).

Application to extract gravel from the bed of a river (Form 14A)


Application to extract gravel from the bed of a river (small/short term extractions)(Form 14B)


Use these forms if you wish to extract gravel from the bed of a watercourse. Form 14B should be used for small or one off gravel extraction applications where a term of less than two years is sought

Water Quality Plan Changes

The Environmental Protection Authority has notified Otago’s Water Quality Plan Changes (also known as “Omnibus”) which propose new regulations to improve water quality in Otago.

It includes Plan Change 8 (Discharge management) to the Water Plan and covers a range of topics including intensive grazing, effluent discharges and stock exclusion. Read more about what the proposed new rules cover here.

The new rules may not apply to you yet, but please contact our consents team on 0800 47 082 or customerservices@orc.govt.nz before making a resource consent application.  

Discharge of animal waste (Form 23)

Policy Sheet for Form 23 – Discharge of animal waste

Use of land for an animal waste system EXISTING (Form 25)

Use of land for an animal waste system NEW SYSTEM (Form 29)

Discharge of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser (Form 30)

Use of land and discharge of contaminants for conversions forestry to pastoral (Form 31)

Use of land and discharge of contaminants for conversions to dairy (Form 32)

Use of land and discharge of contaminants for dairy support (Form 33)

Use of land and discharge of contaminants for feedlot (Form 34)

Use of land and discharge of contaminants for irrigated dairy (Form 35)

Use of land and discharge of contaminants for stockholding areas (Form 36)

Policy sheet 36 Use of land and discharge of contaminants for stockholding area

Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for restoration of natural wetlands (Form 39)

Policy sheet for Form 39 Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for restoration of natural wetlands

Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for specified infrastructure construction (Form 40)

Policy sheet for Form 40 Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for specified infrastructure construction

Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for specified infrastructure maintenance (Form 41)

Policy sheet for Form 41 Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for specified infrastructure maintenance

Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for utility structures maintenance (Form 42)

Policy sheet for Form 42 Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for utility structures maintenance

Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for utility structures construction (Form 44)

Policy sheet for Form 44 Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for utility structures construction

Vegetation clearance earthworks for arable and horticultural land use (Form 45)

Policy sheet for Form 45 Vegetation clearance earthworks for arable and horticultural land use

Wetland general conditions (Form 46)

Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for scientific research (Form 47)

Policy sheet for Form 47 Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for scientific research

Harvest of sphagnum moss (Form 48)

Policy sheet for Form 48 Harvest of sphagnum moss

Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for natural hazard works (Form 49)

Policy sheet for Form 49 Vegetation clearance earthworks and water for natural hazard works

 

Ways to Pay Your Consent Deposit

Privacy and your consent application

The information you provide with your application, which includes all associated reports and attachments, is official information. It will be used to process your application and, together with other official information, assist in the management of the region’s natural and physical resources. Access to information held by the Otago Regional Council is administered in accordance with the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and Privacy Act 1993.  Your information may be disclosed in accordance with the terms of these Acts.  Information in the application may also be made available on the Otago Regional Council website.

The Otago Regional Council may withhold information in certain circumstances. It is therefore important you advise the Otago Regional Council about any concern you may have about disclosure of any of the information, which includes all associated reports and attachments, you have provided in this application (e.g. protection of personal information, trade secrets, commercially sensitive material, information which, if released, may cause serious offence to tikanga Maori, or any other information you consider should not be disclosed.

While the Otago Regional Council may still have to disclose information under the above legislation, it can take into account any concern you wish to raise.

   

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