Objections to Decisions

This page relates to information regarding objections to decisions the Council has made regarding your resource consent application.

Objecting to the Council

Under section 357A of the Resource Management Act you are able to object to the Council's decision relating to the conditions of your resource consent application. If you do not agree with the decision which the Council has made on your application, you can write a letter outlining your objection to the conditions proposed.

You are able to object if:

  • Your application was not publicly notified
  • Your application was publicly notified or served on your immediate neighbour(s)
  • No submissions were received or if there were submissions, they have since been withdrawn.

Objection process

  1. The Planning Officer, where possible, will also consider the objection within 20 working days
  2. A report will then prepared on your objection which will include a recommendation on your objection
  3. If a resolution cannot be reached through informal discussion, a hearing will be held to consider the objection
  4. You will receive written notice at least five working days prior to the hearing (including the date, time, and place of the hearing)
  5. The objection may be dismissed or upheld in whole or part. The decision will be issued in writing, within 15 working days of the hearing
  6. If you are dissatisfied with the decision on your objection, you have the option to appeal to the Environment Court  within 15 working days of the date you received the objection decision.


You need to send your written objection to the Council within 15 working days from the date you received the decision. In your objection, you should include the reasons why you object to the Council's decision.

Appeal process - Environment Court

If your application went through the notified process, and you do not agree with the decision, you can appeal to the Environment Court.

Who can appeal to the Environment Court?

  • The applicant or consent holder
  • Anyone who made a submission.


You must lodge your appeal to the Environment Court within 15 working days of receipt of the decision.  A copy of the lodgement notice must also be sent to us within 15 workings days of the decision.

Appeal Process

Your appeal must be on the prescribed form and be accompanied by a filing fee. To find out more please visit the Environment Court website.