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How much does a resource consent cost?

Updated: Feb 14

This blog will give you some insight into what costs are involved with a resource consent application- it’s an update on our two previous blogs on this topic. This blog should be used as a guide only; the costs for individual projects vary and should be investigated on a case-by-case basis.

How much will it cost me?

That is often the question on everyone’s lips. Sometimes it is where the rubber meets the road in terms of whether a project can take place or not.

There are various cost components that will apply in both lodging and implementing a resource consent. Before you are out of the starting blocks in preparing your application, it is worthwhile fully understanding the costs, and just how much of a dent they will make in the overall budget for the project. No-one likes nasty surprises, particularly when they come late in the piece and hit you in the pocket!

Here are some costs to be aware of if you are lodging a resource consent in the Auckland area.

Consultants Fees


The first consultant you should speak with in the process is a Planner; they often act as your “project manager” and liaise with the other consultants and the Council on your behalf. They will be able to let you know which other consultants may need to come on board.

An Assessment of Environmental Effects (report) for a project of low to mid-range complexity, related planning investigations, site visit and discussing your proposal with other specialists and the Council from a qualified Planner might cost you between $3,500-$6,500 plus GST. This fee does vary depending on the project, as multiple infringements often require separate assessments, and more significant infringements or departures from Unitary Plan expectations requires more detailed analysis. Keep in mind that planning is an unregulated industry- anyone can say they are a Planner regardless of qualifications or experience. Take the time to make sure you’re getting the right planner for you and your project. If you get a cheap quote, there is probably a reason for that!


If you are looking to undertake a subdivision a surveyor will need to be involved. A topographical survey and scheme plan for a proposal involving one additional lot may cost you between $4,000-6,000 plus GST. This topographical survey and scheme plan will be lodged with your resource consent application for subdivision. Following this, further input from your surveyor will be required to carry out the land transfer survey (this is basically doing the survey work and related tasks which will allow the new certificate of title to be issued). Again, for a small-scale subdivision you would be looking at approximately $9,500 plus GST for this work and a further $1,500 plus GST for the processing of this with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

You can find out more about the subdivision process in our blog here.

Other specialists

Depending on the nature and complexity of your development, you may need specialists other than only a Planner involved. Your Planner can give you advice on which specialists should be involved. We have provided information on costs of two specialists below, as examples.

If you need a traffic engineer to assess potential traffic effects associated with your development, a basic Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) can start at $3,500 plus GST. A report by a civil engineer (for instance on how your proposal may be serviced in relation to stormwater, wastewater and water supply) may range between $3,500-$5,000 plus GST for a low to mid-range project.

Some projects require the engagement of a geotechnical engineer to comment on the stability, such as a new building platform. This typically costs $4,500-$7,000.

You may also need input from an ecologist, acoustic engineer or others- your Planner can advise you on this. Its important to get the right specialists inputs at the right time, to avoid expensive redesigns later.

Council Processing Fees

Once your application has been prepared, including any inputs outlined above (if required), you are now ready to lodge your application. Often your Planner will also manage this part of the process for you.

This part of the process will be subject to Council application fees. Essentially these are the fees charged by the Council for the time that Council Officers spend assessing your application and the associated administrative tasks.

Auckland Council requires you to pay a resource consent deposit fee, which is a fee payable when you first submit your resource consent application with the Council. Additional processing fees will be charged if the costs incurred in processing your application exceed the deposit fee you paid (which is common). On the flip side, if your application costs less for the Council to process than the deposit paid, you will be given a refund for the part of the fee that was not used.

Currently the deposit fee charged by Auckland Council for a basic land-use application involving residential activity is $4,000. The deposit fee for non-residential activities is $4,5,000 and for a basic subdivision is $4,000. You can find more information about Council fees on their website- please confirm the deposit fee with the Council as these do get updated regularly.

Development Contributions

Development contributions are something you may have to pay when implementing the development. In essence, these are required when what you are doing may bring about the need for the Council to provide new or improved infrastructure or services. This might relate to reserves, roads or community facilities.

Development contributions are not required in every case but would be payable for projects such as erecting a minor unit, additional dwelling or subdivision (either rural or urban) creating additional sites.

If you have a site in a residential area and are looking to subdivide off your backyard you could be looking at development contributions of somewhere in the region of $17,000-$35,000 plus GST Auckland Council has an on-line calculator that you can use to estimate the development contributions for your development on your site. You can access that here.


Contributions related to wastewater or water supply are charged through Watercare Services. These are called Infrastructure Growth Charges (IGC). Similar to development contributions, these would be payable in situations where a new site connects to the publicly reticulated wastewater or water supply network, or similarly a new dwelling doing the same.

The IGC for the metropolitan area is $13,798plus GST. However, if you are doing your development in more remote settlements or townships such as Wellsford or Helensville, the costs are considerably higher at $21,949 plus GST and $26,106 plus GST. You can find more information about these contributions on the Watercare website- again please check these figures for your area and development, as they are also regularly updated.

Got some questions?

To get a handle on how the resource consent process for your potential project will hit you in the pocket, call us for a chat. We have an extensive range of industry contacts and can help you get the right team for you and your development, managing inputs from concept to granting of consent. Give us a call or e-mail- or (09) 427 9966.

Helen is a Senior Planner at Planning Plusand has over 16 years’ experience in planning

and environmental consulting. Helen's experience includes the preparation of resource consents, compliance monitoring, environmental auditing, community consultation and environmental fund coordination. Her background has provided her with a wide range and thorough understanding of technical and environmental inputs.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) and Bachelor of Business (Management) Conjoint Degree and is an Associate Member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.

DISCLAIMER: The above is a general discussion on indicative resource consenting costs in May 2022. The figures quoted are indicative only and are not GST inclusive. Fees are subject to change at any time. This indication of costs should not take the place of an official quote, your own investigations or without first obtaining specific specialist advice on the cost components involved in a specific project related to a particular site. Planning Plus takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the above figures.

As with all our blogs this information is preliminary in nature only and we have endeavoured to ensure it is correct at the time of writing. It is not intended to substitute for your own investigations or obtaining specific advice on your proposal from professionals. Planning Plus LtdTM is not liable in any way for any errors or omissions.

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