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Disclaimer: Tauranga City Council makes no representation to the completeness, correctness or accuracy of the information contained on the following websites:

There are several other organisations which can help with your resource consent queries.

RMA Guide

A site containing practical information to assist individuals, community groups and businesses to more effectively participate in processes under the Resource Management Act 1991.

New Zealand Legislation

A  website that gives you access to New Zealand Acts (including the RMA), Bills and Statutory Regulations.  This website is owned and provided by the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office / Te Tari Tohutohu Pāremata (PCO), which is responsible for drafting and publishing most of New Zealand's legislation.
Ministry for the Environment 

This website contains a broad range of topics relating to the natural and built environment and the legislative framework that protects New Zealand's land, air, water and built form.  The site also contains resource management publications for the public adn RMA practitioners.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

The Regional Council guides and supports the sustainable development of the Bay of Plenty.  This includes the management of the effects of use of freshwater, land, air and coastal water.  The Regional Council considers land use consents (including earthworks), discharge consents, water consents and coastal consents, and also controls the use of septic tanks.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council 

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council controls the area surrounding Tauranga City.  Its jurisdiction covers 212,000 hectares of coastal, rural and urban areas which are serviced by the townships of Waihi Beach, Katikati, Omokoroa, Te Puna, Te Puke and Maketu.  The Western Bay of Plenty District Council controls land use and subdivision activities within their region.


Envirohub provides environmental information, education and advice on sustainability practices.

Quality Planning Website 

The Quality Planning site has been developed by the Ministry for the Environment to provide information on planning in New Zealand for both the public and RMA practitioners.  It provides guidance on resourc e management processes including flowcharts of the resource consent process.

New Zealand Planning Institute website

The NZPI is the professional organisation representing planners, resource managers, urban designers and environmental practitioners in New Zealand.  The organisation provides professional development courses for those already in the field of planning, or those thinking of becoming a planner.