Land Use

A resource consent is required for land use activities that are not listed in the District Plan as Permitted Activities or for activities that do not comply with the Permitted Activity Conditions.

To find out if your proposed activity or development requires resource consent, check the:

If you are unsure it is advisable to check with a Consents Officer before you proceed with your activity or development.

Common Types of Land Use Consents

Common types of Land Use Consents include:

New Buildings and Extensions to Existing Buildings

Horowhenua District Council's Bulk and Location Requirements brochure sets out the relevant rules that need to be complied with for new buildings and extensions to existing buildings in the Residential, Greenbelt Residential and Rural zones and outlines the requirements for dwellings, family flats and accessory buildings in the Residential, Greenbelt Residential and Rural Zones. It includes:

  • height of buildings; 
  • maximum building coverage and permitted floor areas for Accessory Buildings; 
  • building setback from boundaries; and 
  • daylight setback envelope. 

The provisions outlined in the brochure are form the Horowhenua District Plan as at June 2014. These provisions may change and, as such, should only be used as a guide.

Bulk & Location Requirements Brochure(PDF, 324KB)

Signs in Residential and Rural Zones

Advertising signs that are not located on the site of the activity or business being advertised require land use consent. Horowhenua District Council's Signs in Residential and Rural Zones brochure sets out the rules that need to be complied with for advertising signs, including temporary event signs, and the guidelines for the erection of advertising signs. It includes:

  • types of signs that are Permitted Activities; 
  • Permitted Activity Conditions for signs in the Residential and Rural Zones; 
  • signs that are not permitted; and 
  • other matters to consider. 

Please refer to the Horowhenua District Plan for requirements for signs in the Greenbelt Residential, Open Space, Commercial and Industrial zones or contact Council on (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak with a Consents Officer.

The provisions outlined in this brochure are from the Horowhenua District Plan as at June 2014. These provisions may change and, as such, should only be used as a guide.

Signs in Residential and Rural Zones Brochure(PDF, 197KB)