Statement of Proposal - RMA Fees and Charges

Statement of Proposal

Resource Management Act – Fees and Charges
Boundary activities and marginal or temporary non-compliances

Reason for the Proposal
Recent amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 have created additional activities which require associated charges. These include:

  • Boundary activities – Council must exempt ‘boundary activities’ from needing a resource consent if neighbour approval is provided.
  • Marginal/temporary breaches – Council may exempt ‘marginal or temporary’ activities from needing resource consent.

These activities come into effect on 18 October 2017, and in order for Council to charge for their processing, fees need to be set. The fees are required to cover the reasonable costs of processing the applications.

The proposed fees are a deposit, with the total cost of processing the application determined following at the end of the process. It is proposed that the existing hourly rates specified in the schedule of fees and charges are used.

As these are new activities a deposit structure is considered appropriate to ensure that the fair costs associated with processing the application are paid.

  • Boundary activities – deposit of $300
  • Marginal or temporary activities – deposit of $300

Legislation
The fees are made in accordance with section 36 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

Submissions
Written submissions may be made until 12pm, Monday 20 November 2017.

Those who make a written submission may also make an oral submission.

Oral hearings are scheduled for December at the Council Chambers in Hokitika. Date and time will be advised. Please indicate on your submission form if you wish to speak to your submission.

Further information
Further information, including a submission form, is available from Council’s Customer Service Centre or you may request a copy to be emailed or posted to you by calling 0800 747 834.

If you have any questions please contact Fiona Scadden, Planning Manager.
planning@westlanddc.govt.nz

Summary: 
Recent amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 have created additional activities which require associated charges.