Council has a Duty Planner available every day between 8am-5pm to assist with planning enquiries, such as whether you require a resource consent and what information will be required with your application.
You can talk to the duty planner over the phone, or come in to the Council building for a face to face meeting. If you wish to meet with the duty planner, it is recommended you call and book a time, to avoid having to wait (for example, if the duty planner is busy with other customers). If you are not able to call ahead, it is fine to just drop into the building but on some occasions you may have to wait for the duty planner to become available.
Once you have a fair idea about the scale of your plans, a pre-application meeting is useful for larger scale proposals. Council offers pre-application meetings free of charge. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your proposal with Council staff, such as planners and engineers.
If you wish to arrange a pre-application meeting, please call and ask to speak to the Duty Planner. The Duty Planner will ask you some initial questions, to determine who from Council needs to be at the meeting and to advise what information you should bring with you. The Duty Planner will then arrange a meeting time and advise you of this.
Contact the Duty Planner on (06) 366 0999.