Different land uses can affect water quality, land stability and the incidence of flooding. You may need a land use consent to:
Damming, diverting and taking water can affect people's ability to use the water, as well as affecting stream plant and animal life. You may need a water consent to:
Discharging contaminants into the environment can affect water, air and soil quality. There can be serious impacts on the health and safety of people, animals and plants. You may need a discharge consent to:
Coastal consents help protect the resources in the Waikato region's coastal marine area (CMA). This is a defined area of foreshore(external link), seabed(external link), coastal water(external link), and air space above the sea. Spring high tide lines (‘mean high water springs’) extend the CMA further inland if the line crosses a river. It may pay to seek advice as to the exact location of the CMA if you are seeking consent in that vicinity.
You may need a coastal consent to:
You do not need a resource consent if your activity is expressly allowed under the Resource Management Act (RMA)(external link).
Waikato Regional Council also has a range of ‘permitted activities’, which can be carried out with resource consent as long as they comply with certain conditions. Find out more, here.