Resource Management


Council is required to promote the sustainable management of the district’s natural and physical resources.

This is undertaken through the investigation and monitoring, and the preparation of a District Plan. Local communities are consulted throughout these processes.

The District Plan outlines policies and specifies how the policies will be implemented. This can include the provision of rules, which may require people to carry out their activities in accordance with these rules, or to apply for a resource consent. Other methods of implementing plan policies are monitoring and investigations, financial incentives, and education and advocacy.

The District Plan can be viewed online or at the Westland District Council offices, during normal working hours.
- View the District Plan online.

The Ministry for the Environment has provided a series of publications on everyday matters relating to the Resource Management Act 1991 and resource consent processes.

The guides can be viewed at

If you are intending to subdivide, build or change the current activity on your property, you may require resource consent to do so.
If you wish to undertake a rezone of your property, or make changes to provisions in the District Plan, a plan change application will be required. Information on how to gain approval for your activity can be found by clicking on the relevant links below. Some activities may also require resource consent from the West Coast Regional Council, please contact our planning team at if you have any queries.

Te Tai Poutini One District Plan

In 2018 the Local Government Commission directed Westland, Buller and Grey District Councils to develop a combined District Plan, with the statutory function transferred to the West Coast Regional Council. This means that, rather than each of the three District Councils preparing individual plans, Te Tai o Poutini Plan Committee is now responsible for preparing and approving a new combined district plan covering the whole of the West Coast.

For more information and updates see the TTPP website.

If you need to speak to us

A duty Planner will be available daily Monday – Thursday, 1.00pm-4.30pm.

Drop ins

If you drop in during this time you can expect to see a duty planner. If you drop in outside of these times you will be asked to make an appointment, preferably during these times.

Phone calls

If you do not reach the duty planner by phone on 03 756 9010 please leave a message. Messages will be responded to within 48 hours during the times that a duty planner is available.


If you send a query to you will receive a response within 48 hours during the times that a duty planner is available.

Unsure where to start?

We have a range of helpful brochures available below to help you along with the process. You can also always contact us with any queries.

Brochure – Rural Dwellings
Brochure – Subdivision
Brochure – AEE (Assessment of Environmental Effects)
Brochure – Vegetation Clearance


The following application forms for Resource Consent are available:

Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Land Use – General)
Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Boundary Activity)
Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Marginal – Temporary Activity)
Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Vegetation Clearance)
Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Land Use – Commercial Use in a Rural Zone)
Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Land Use – Dwelling in a Rural Zone)

Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Signs)
Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Subdivision)
Resource Consent Application Form and AEE – (Extension of Lapse Date)​
Request to Review Decisions on Administrative Discounts

If you require the approval of persons likely to be affected by a Resource Consent, the following form will need to be completed by each person so affected.

Approval Form for Persons Affected by an Application for Resource Consent

Signage Information

There are many signs throughout Westland serving many different purposes. Did you know that under the Westland District Plan advertising for activities or facilities outside of the District is not allowed? Also advertising on land which is on a separate title to the business or activity is considered non-complying.

Council will be sending letters or emails out to parties whose advertising is not on the same title as their activity. The following information is specifically in relation to signage in the Westland District Plan and should be considered when applying for a resource consent.

See our District Plan sections below with further information:

4.4 Amenity
4.6 Infrastructure and Services
8.2 Signs
District Plan: Definition of signs
Appendix F: Signs in Hokitika and the Tourist Zone

If you have any queries please contact or phone 756 9010 and choose Planning.

Resource Consent Fees

Please refer to the current Fees and Charges page for the latest information.

Other Information

List of Current Resource Consents
Click here to view a list of current Resource Consents.

Report on Aviation Noise and Public Health Issues Associated with the Aviation Industry in South Westland.