Building consents are contracted out to another local authority; however, we are responsible for processing resource consents.

We can also provide Land Information Memorandums in relation to individual properties.

Building consents

Building consents on the Chatham Islands are contracted out to Wellington City Council(external link); however, Environment Canterbury(external link) is the authority for large dams.

All building consent applications must be provided to the Chatham Islands Council, who will then forward these to Wellington City Council. The Chatham Islands Council provides administrative support.

Resource consents

The Resource Management Act 1991(external link) charges the Chatham Islands Council with the statutory function of processing and granting or declining resource consents, including certificates of compliance. The Council is responsible for regional, district and coastal functions.

There are five types of consents that Council must process:

  • land use, including the erection of buildings and land disturbance as well as the use of riverbeds and lakes
  • subdivision of land
  • coastal marine, including reclamation of the foreshore or seabed, the erection or demolition of structures and occupancy of the coastal marine area, including marine farming
  • water, including the taking, damming or diversion of water
  • discharge of contaminants into the environment being water, land and air.


Resource consent fees and charges increase in line with inflation, except where they are determined by Government or bylaw.

The fiollowing figures are GST inclusive.

Land use consents

  • Notified: $2,000 deposit
  • Non-notified: $544
  • Controlled activity: $817
  • Administration charge-out rate at cost

Subdivision consents

  • Non-notified – boundary adjustments: $696
  • Non-notified – 2 lots or less: $788
  • Non-notified – 3 to 5 lots: $1,816
  • s223 Certificate: $363
  • s224 Certificate: $363
  • s226 Certificate: $484
  • s139 Certificate of Compliance: $574

Further costs may be charged in recovery of actual consultancy costs incurred.

Land Information Memorandums

We can also provide Land Information Memorandums (LIM) in relation to individual properties.

The cost of a LIM is $265 or $381 under urgency.

Project Information Memorandums

We can also provide Project Information Memorandums (PIM) in relation to properties.

The cost of a PIM is $455 for a single residential unit or $546 for all other buildings.