Do I need resource consent to remove a tree/build a garage/undertake earthworks on my own land?
The requirement for a resource consent to undertake certain land related activities depends entirely on the scope of the job and whether what you intend to do is outside the District Plan rules for your area. For example, under most District Plans there is an allowance for how much earthworks you can undertake in a residential area. If you intend on doing more than what’s allowed then you need a resource consent. The application for a resource consent will need to detail exactly what you intend to do, what adverse effects this may have on the surrounding properties, area, town etc and how you intend to mitigate the non-conformities you will be creating. The application is reviewed by Council and they will either grant or decline the application. For many people the degree of non conformity is minor, i.e they want to build a garage closer than what is permitted to a boundary. In these cases neighbours consent will be required as part of the resource consent application. If you are unsure about whether your activity requires consent, check out our links page which has links to the District Plans around the Wellington Region and Wairarapa areas or call us to discuss further. We can help you will all aspects of Resource Management Planning and have close relationships with all Councils in the areas we work.