Now you have your consent
Holding a resource consent from Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is a formal, legal arrangement that allows you access to use a shared natural resource according to the consent conditions.
By holding a consent, you will have ongoing contact with HBRC and we have outlined some of the responsibilities and contact information for you.
What HBRC will do
HBRC has a responsibility to monitor your consented activities. We will make sure there are no adverse effects on the environment and check that you are complying with the conditions of your consent.
Each year HBRC will provide you with information on the annual charges and any other relevant material or changes in our Consent Charges Guide. This is posted out in July/August. These charges are set by Council during the Annual Plan process earlier in the year, and in March/April you also have the opportunity to consider the proposed charges, and submit for or against these.
What you need to do
1.Comply with all conditions
Once you are granted consent you become a legal consent holder. This means that you are responsible for meeting the conditions HBRC imposes on your activity. It is your responsibility to read through the consent document that HBRC sends you and ensure you comply with all the conditions.
If your consent is for a seasonal activity – such as taking water – we strongly recommend you check your conditions before each season starts to remind yourself and any staff what these conditions are and ensure you have the ability to meet them.
2. Pay all relevant charges
As the consent holder, you are responsible for paying the annual charges for your consent. Full descriptions of these charges are detailed in the ‘Consent Charges Guide’, or by contacting HBRC’s Consents Advisor. You will also be invoiced for the costs of consent processing and compliance officer visits.
3. Keep HBRC updated about address or activity changes
You are responsible for the ‘upkeep’ of the consent. This means that if the activity is to change you must notify HBRC using the appropriate form. For example, get in touch if you want to change any of the consent conditions (maximum volumes, crop type, irrigated area or discharge area, etc).
You must also advise us formally if your address or company name changes.
The Transfer and Changes forms are available online and the Consents Advisor can assist you in selecting the correct form.
4. Check important dates
Please ensure you check the key dates on your consent and diary these, including with any staff who need to know.
Issue/commencement date – This is the date when you are authorised to start carrying out your activity in accordance with the conditions - until one of the following dates given on the consent.
Expiry date - When your consent ends. It is typically on the front of the consent document under ‘Consent Duration’. We strongly recommend you diary this date, and a date 6 months ahead if you are likely to want to replace your resource consent; once your consent expires, if you have not applied to replace it then the activity cannot legally continue.
Lapse date - When your consent will end if you have not used it – a kind of ‘use it or lose it’ date. Check for it on the front of your consent under ‘Lapsing of Consent’.
Review dates – When HBRC can review the conditions of your consent for any of the specified reasons. These are shown in the body of the consent document, typically under the heading ‘Review of Consent Conditions by Council’ with a designated month of year, eg ‘May of any year’.
5. Changing your consent
Things do change and HBRC staff are available to talk over any issues and provide advice. However we cannot make changes to your legal consent document without an application from you, even if you have previously discussed the change with a consents advisor.
To make a change, you need to complete the Changes form.
6. Surrendering or transferring your consent.
If you no longer require the consent or wish to transfer the consent, you must complete a surrender or transfer form.
7. Keep your consent in a secure place.
Your resource consent is a legal document. Keep it secure but check it regularly so you are fully aware of conditions.