Resource Consents Fees

This page sets out the Administrative Charges by Porirua City Council under the Resource Management Act 1991.

The fees were set by resolution of Council at its City Direction meeting held on 28 February 2017 and adopted by Council at its meeting held on 15 March 2017.

Fees applicable from 1 July 2017 and include GST.

Fixed and Additional Fees

The dollar amounts shown in the 'Fixed' fee column represent a reasonable average of the cost of processing each particular type of application.  They act as a deposit.

If the time spent processing the application is greater than the time covered by the fixed fee then Council will recover the additional processing cost at the hourly rate shown as the 'Additional (per hour)' column via an invoice to the applicant.

The invoice may also include a monitoring fee if applicable, and the cost of any specialist advice or other costs set out in the schedules below.

Non-Notified Resource Consents

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional
(per hour)

Minor land use application (note 1)

5

$793.00

$158.50

All other non-notified land use applications

10

$1,586.00

$158.50

All other non-notified subdivision applications

10

$1,586.00

$158.50

Section 10 Waivers

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 37 Waivers

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 125 extensions

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 126 cancellation

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 127

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 128 review

1

$158.50

$158.50

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Notified Resource Consent and Service of Notice

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional
(per hour)

Notified land use application

30

$4,758.50

$158.50

Notified subdivision application

30

$4,758.50

$158.50

Limited notified application

30

$4,758.50

$158.50

Section 10 Waivers

5

$793.00

$158.50

Section 37 Waivers

5

$793.00

$158.50

Section 125 extensions

5

$793.00

$158.50

Section 126 cancellation

5

$793.00

$158.50

Section 127

5

$793.00

$158.50

Section 128 review

5

$793.00

$158.50

Hearing costs (note 3, note 4)

 -

Actual

 -

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Monitoring

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional
(per hour)

Per inspection (note 2)

1

$158.50

$158.50

Certificate of Compliance

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional
(per hour)

Existing use certificate

5

$793.00

$158.50

Certificate of compliance

5

$793.00

$158.50

Designations and Heritage Orders

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional
(per hour)

Applications for new designations (note 5)

50

$7,931.00

$158.50

Applications to alter existing designations - s181(2)

50

$7,931.00

$158.50

Applications to alter existing designations - s181(3)

5

$793.00

$158.50

Consideration of Outline Plans and waivers

5

$793.00

$158.50

Extensions to designations

5

$793.00

$158.50

Removal of Designations under s182 (note 6)

5

$793.00

$158.50

Applications for new heritage orders s189 (note 5)

50

$7,931.00

$158.50

Applications to alter existing heritage orders - s192 ref to s181(2)

50

$7,931.00

$158.50

Applications to alter existing heritage orders - s192 ref to s181(3)

5

$793.00

$158.50

Removal of heritage orders - s196

5

$794.00

$158.50

Hearing costs (note 3)

 -

Actual

  -

Commissioner costs (note 3)

 -

Actual

 -

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Plan Changes

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional
(per hour)

Private Plan Change Request - Council adopted, Council accepted, Council rejected (note 7)

* Up to 70 hours of Officer time (excluding other Council costs)

$10,000 Deposit only  

$158.50

Specialist consultant advice (note 7, note 8)

-

Actual

Actual

Hearing costs (note 3, note 4)

-

Actual

-

Commissioner costs (note 3)

-

Actual

-

Others

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional
(per hour)

Section 221 consent notices

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 222 completion certificates

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 223 sealing only

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 223 and s224(c)/(f) jointly

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 225

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 226 certification

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 240 cancel covenant

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 241 amalgamation

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 243 certification

1

$158.50

$158.50

Bond preparation and release

1

$158.50

$158.50

Section 348 Local Govt Act certification alone

1

$158.50

$158.50

Overseas Investment Certificate

1

$158.50

$158.50

Removal of Building Line(s)

1

$158.50

$158.50

Signing of easement instruments and other legal documents

1

$158.50

$158.50

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Specific Service Charges

Type of Application

Processing time
included for
fixed charge

Fixed

Additional (per hour)

Officer time hourly charge

-

-

$158.50

Advertising and public notification (local) (note 3)

-

Actual

-

Advertising and public notification (regional) (note 3)

-

Actual

-

Hearings commissioner/s (requested by applicant)

-

Actual

-

Hearing commissioner/s  (where not requested by applicant)

-

Actual, or the equivalent attendance time of 3 Councillors based on the "Councillor Attendance" rates listed below, whichever is the lesser

-

Councillor attendance - resource consent hearings: Chair and Members (note 4)

-

$100/hr Chair; $80.00/Councillor/hour)

-

Councillor attendance at hearings for plan changes, designations, heritage orders: Chair and Members (note 4)

-

$100/hr Chair; $80.00/Councillor/hour)

-

Specialists advice (note 8)

-

Actual

-

Retrieving a certificate of title and associated instruments

-

$20.50 for a certificate;
$7.00 for each additional instrument

-

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Notes

Note 1
Minor land use application means an application for a land use activity (excluding non-residential activities in the Suburban Zone) that:

  • in the Suburban Zone, does not comply with the Suburban Zone permitted activity standards; or
  • in the Rural Zone, is a controlled activity; and
  • for which applicants provide evidence of consultation in accordance with the Fourth Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991.

Note 2
The monitoring charge becomes payable upon grant of resource consent, and/or confirmation of a requirement for designation.  In addition, the Council will recover additional costs from the consent holder for officer time should more than one inspection and associated activities be required, based on the ‘officer time hourly rate’.

Note 3
“Actual” means the actual and reasonable cost of the activity that is being charged for and includes hearing, commissioner, advertising and public notification costs, and costs relating to printing, production and distribution of material.  In respect of plan changes and heritage orders, these charges will not be recovered on plan changes adopted by Council.

Note 4
The full costs will be charged for the chair and up to 2 committee members’ involvement (a total of 3 councillors) in hearings for plan changes and notified resource consents.  The level of the charge will be based on the attendance fees for councillors prescribed by legislation, and may include additional time spent by Councillors in formal pre-hearing meetings, formal committee deliberations and at formal site inspections as part of a group inspection or as part of a pre-hearing meeting. 

The costs of councillor involvement in hearings for council-adopted plan changes; or designations and heritage orders under Part 8 of the RMA will not be recovered.

Note 5
This charge does not apply to applications for existing designations to be rolled over at time of plan review.

Note 6
This charge applies to recovering costs associated with removing a designation, or part of a designation, from the District Plan planning maps and text and updating these documents.

Note 7 **
The full and actual costs of processing any Private Plan Change request shall be recovered.  If Council does not have in-house capacity and/or expertise to assess, process and/or report on all or any part of the private plan change request, it will advise the applicant and seek to engage an appropriate external consultant/s to fulfil this function.  Where this occurs Council will advise the applicant of its preferred consultant and any associated quote for costs. Should the applicant choose to proceed with the application the Council will recover the full actual and reasonable costs of any engaged consultant/s. All Private Plan Change requests will require the payment of an initial deposit of $10,000. The initial deposit covers: the initial decision to accept or adopt the plan change in whole or in part; notification and mail out costs; the processing of submissions; the preparation of any officers report; and costs associated with hearings and decisions, providing that the deposit only covers the plan change application process to the extent that the “additional per hour” rate and/or Council’s actual costs, including costs for any engaged consultant/s, do not exceed $10,000.  If Council’s actual costs are more than $10,000 then the additional costs shall be recovered in full or as agreed to with the applicant.  Council retains the right to withhold the public notification of any accepted private plan change and/or the notification of an operative date for any private plan change until all actual costs associated with processing, assessment, reporting and any hearing on the private plan change have been settled and paid in full.

Note 8
Consultant’s and legal fees associated with the processing of a consent, certificate, designation, or private plan change (including specialist technical or legal advice); or where a consent involves creating legal instruments, will be charged at cost and recovered in full.

Explanation of officer rates

Rates are not dependant on the experience level of the processing officer. Applicants are entitled to the same quality and timeliness of service independent of the officer's experience. Chargeable hours are adjusted downwards accordingly for less experienced staff such that the learning and mentoring required is not charged for. It's not considered equitable to charge a higher rate purely because a more experienced staff member is processing their application when the chargeable time involved is the same.

Recovery of time spent on pre-application - discussions, assessment and feedback etc

Council's Policy for Administrative Charges under the Resource Management Act 1991 states that advice provided by Council officers prior to an application being received may be charged for after the second hour at the relevant hourly rate that applies for that particular financial year as contained within the Schedule of Administrative Charges under the Resource Management Act 1991.

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