Resource Consent Compliance and Monitoring
A resource consent has conditions which control the way the activity is carried out. These conditions are designed to maintain and protect our region’s natural resources for other users, both now and in the future.
A resource consent is a legal document. It is the consent holder’s responsibility to meet the conditions of the consent. If consent holders do not meet these conditions, they risk facing enforcement action from Council. It is important that as a consent holder you read and understand your resource consent document and the conditions it contains.
The activity allowed by the consent will be monitored, either by the Regional Council, the consent holder or both. You will be advised of any monitoring responsibilities when the consent is granted. The Regional Council may also carry out independent tests. The cost of monitoring the consent is charged to the consent holder.
Some consents require a consent holder to keep records and send these to the Council on a regular basis. Examples of these include gravel extraction records and annual work programmes for mining. Template forms for the provision of this information are available on the Forms page.
If the Council detects repeated or significant non-compliance, Council will undertake enforcement action. Council’s Enforcement Policy contains further information as to the type of action which may be taken.