Consultation is an important part of the application process. You should discuss your proposal with everyone who is interested in, or is likely to be affected by your proposed activity. We can help you to identify who you’ll need to consult with, such as:
- your neighbours, for example:
- talking to your downstream neighbours if you want to discharge dairy effluent into a drain on your property
- talking to people in your area who may be affected if you are thinking of taking a large volume of groundwater for irrigation purposes.
- local iwi
- Department of Conservation
- Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game
- your local district council
- relevant environmental and interest groups, such as the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society.
Consultation should start well before the application process – you may need to allow 6 months or more for consultation for large, complex projects.
The purpose of consultation is to identify:
- how other people may be affected by your proposal
- how you can adjust your proposal to avoid any negative effects.
Everyone you consult with should be provided with all relevant information on your proposal.
Consultation outcomes in your application
Ask everyone you consulted with to give you written comments to include with your application. Report their views and whether you’ve changed your proposal to take their views into account. Ask those consulted whether they are willing to give you their "written approval" and explain to them that this means that the Council will regard them as not affected by the application when it is lodged.
To make things easier, you could print off the form below, and provide a copy to all parties.
Proposals with written approvals that are likely to have minimal affect on the environment may not have to be notified. This can save you time and money.
Clearly identify the people you have consulted with in your application, including their:
- telephone number
- who they represent (for example, your neighbour, district council, local iwi or an environmental group)