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Auckland Council fees to increase

Updated: Jun 24

With the upcoming new financial year at Auckland Council, resource consent deposit fees and staff hourly rates are all set to increase from 1 July 2024. In some cases, the increases are relatively substantial, as can be seen below.


2023/ 2024 cost (incl GST)

2024/2025 cost (incl GST)


Residential land Use deposit fee



Up $2,500

Non- residential land use deposit fee



No change

Subdivision deposit fee (some exceptions)



Up $1,000

Cross lease, boundary adjustment deposit fee



No change

Regional consent application



No change

Bundled consent deposit fee



Up $2,500

Principal Planner/ Managers/ Team Leaders



Up $15

Senior/ Intermediate Planner



Up $9

Graduate/ Entry level planner



Up $9


The changes to resource consent deposit fees are intended to better reflect average final fees but do represent a substantial change for smaller projects or projects where a technically bundled consent application is needed (such as a subdivision application with a small access width infringement). 

You’ll also need to be mindful of when you lodge your resource consent application- if it’s after 1 July 2024 the new deposit fees will apply. The new staff hourly rates will also apply.

For total resource consent fees, you’ll continue to be charged for actual time and costs. If the deposit fee isn’t fully used, you will still receive a refund.

How can I reduce my Council fees?

While you can't control the hourly rates of Council staff, you can influence the time they spend processing your resource consent application. Lodging a thorough application that correctly assesses your proposal and provides the council with the assessment and information they require continues to be the best way to keep your overall fees down. You can find out more here.

Lodge the right application

If you want to keep your council fees low, save your time and money, get in contact with our experienced team. With over 65 years of combined experience, including currently processing resource consent applications for Council’s, we’re confident that we can help you achieve a successful outcome.

Hannah Thomson is Director of Planning Plus™ and has over 23 years of resource management experience working in both local government and the private sector. This includes five years at Rodney District Council in roles including Senior Planner and Team Leader. Hannah has a wide range of experience including commercial, rural, residential and coastal development and subdivision on small to large scales and appearances at both Council and Environment Court as an expert witness for mediation and hearings. Hannah has assisted Councils with policy development and has also assisted private individuals with submissions to Council.


Hannah holds the qualifications of BSc (Environmental Science) and Masters of Applied Science (Environmental Management), is a Member (Int) of the New Zealand Planning Institute and Secretary of the New Zealand Planning Institute Auckland Branch Committee. Hannah is also a member of the Resource Management Law Association.


Please remember that the advice in this blog is general in nature and based on information and advice available at the time of writing. We recommend you get your own planning advice. As with all our blogs this information is preliminary in nature only and we have used our best endeavours to ensure it is correct at the time of writing. It is not intended to substitute for your own investigations or obtaining specific advice from professionals. Planning Plus LtdTM is not liable in any way for any errors or omissions.

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