Resource Consents for Events


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Resource Consents for Events

Will your event comply with the Marlborough District Plan? It is your responsibility to find out.

The District Plan contains various policies and rules to manage environmental effects throughout the Marlborough region. If your event cannot comply with all the relevant rules, you will have to obtain resource consent before you can hold it.

Please contact Council early on in your event planning to check whether your event will need resource consent. Some examples include:

  • Exceeding permitted noise limits
  • Exceeding the permitted hours of operation
  • Signage
  • Changing the existing use of the site identified for the event

Because of the time it takes to process consent applications, it is important to apply early for your resource consent. Sometimes resource consent applications can be processed without the need for public notification.

In such a case the resource consent will take up to 20 working days to process.

However, if the resource consent application requires public notification, it can take up to 70 working days to process. The more time allowed to process resource consents the better. These timeframes depend on you providing accurate information in your application, otherwise they are likely to be extended while Council asks you for further information.

The information needed from you when discussing your event or considering your application for resource consent includes:

  • A description of the event, its location, date, duration and how it will operate
  • A site plan showing layout of activities, buildings, parking areas, signs and other structure
  • Anticipated number of people who will be attending the event, including staff
  • Noise levels likely to result from the event
  • Proposed signage for the event

For resource consent applications, you must also produce an assessment of environmental effects. This is a descriptive of all the effects of high impact, for example: noise, increased traffic, changes to the use of public space and visual effects.

If you are a non-profit organisation you may qualify for a waiver of fees.

See the waiving of fees page

See the resource consents page

Or, discuss your proposal with the duty planner.

See duty planner service information