Planning - Fees & Charges



Horowhenua District Council's Planning fees and charges for the 2017/2018 financial year are provided below.

All fees are stated as GST inclusive and are effective from 31 August 2017. Council reserves the right to review any fees and charges at any time. Please contact Council for any updates.

Costs for Resource Consents and Other Applications

Horowhenua District Council charges fees for processing of a wide variety of planning-related applications processed under the Resource Management Act (RMA 1991) or Local Government Act (LGA) 2002 as listed below. Some fees and charges have a fixed fee, and others require a deposit and are then charged on an hourly rate basis which will be invoiced on completion of processing.

Deposit fees/charges are ‘non-refundable’. Consents may incur additional charges relating to any required monitoring inspections.

Any work on applications will only commence on payment of the relevant fixed charge. Upon completion of processing an application the Council will invoice for any additional charges for any costs not covered by the fixed charge. The additional charges are set out below with the fixed charges.

Fee / Charge
Consent Applications  
Processing Fee $150.00 per hour
10 Day Fast Track Land Use Consents (see below) $1,500.00 fee
Land Use Consent (non-notified) $1,000.00 deposit
Subdivision Consents (non-notified) $1,200.00 deposit
Digital Capture Levy (applies to all consent applications) $25.00 fee
Other Applications  Deposit & Time Based
Boundary Activities  $150.00 per hour or part thereof
Marginal or Temporary Activities  $150.00 per hour or part thereof
Bond Administration  $200.00 fee
Section 125 Extension of Time $750.00 fee
Section 221 Preparation of Consent Notice
$210.00 fee
Section 223 Approval of Land Transfer Plan $150.00 fee
Certificate of Compliance   $600.00 deposit
Existing Use Certificate   $600.00 deposit
Section 127 Application $600.00 deposit
Section 221 Consent Notice Amendment and/or cancellation  $600.00 deposit
Section 224(c) or (f) Application  $400.00 deposit
Outline Plan approval or waiver $600.00 deposit
Any other application or certificate under the RMA $205.00 deposit
Any other application under provisions of LGA 1974 not repealed $500.00 deposit
Notification and Hearing Costs  Fee / Charge
Limited Notification $1,115.00 deposit
Full Notification   $2,230.00 deposit
Hearing Costs - Council Hearings Committee $3,200.00 deposit based on 6 hour hearing
Commissioner Costs At cost
Section 357 Lodgement of Objection & Assessment
 $550.00 deposit
Miscellaneous Matters  
Consultant S42A planning reports  Cost + 20%
Specialist Reports   Cost + 20%
Mileage    AA rate applicable
Disbursements (Photocopying, printing docs and maps, etc.)    Cost + 20%
Pre-Hearing meetings    Cost + 20%
Title Searches    Cost + 20%

Note: Applicants may apply for the remission of any charges, and have the right of objection and appeal to any “Additional” charges incurred (s36(6) of the Resource Management Act 1991). 

Heritage Resource Consent Fee Waiver / Reimbursement

Council may waive or reimburse resource consent fees for owners of listed heritage features or owners of property within the Town Centre Heritage and Character Areas of Foxton or Shannon.

For more details on eligibility and assessment criteria please see our Heritage Incentives page.

10 Day Fast Track Land Use Consents

  • For consents with a Controlled or Restricted Discretionary Activity only, where there are a maximum of two non-compliances;
  • Does not apply when referrals to other departments/organisations are required;
  • Have complete written approvals from all potentially affected parties (e.g. all adjoining/opposite neighbours);
  • A meeting with a Resource Management Planner is required prior to lodging any application to ensure all necessary information is provided to avoid unnecessary delay for the applicant.