Schedule of Fees and Charges

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Environment Southland’s Fees and Charges Schedule was updated during last year’s Long-term Plan process, however some minor changes need to be made in line with this year’s Annual Plan to keep up with inflationary costs and add clarity to some areas. We are seeking feedback on the proposed changes.

Environment Southland’s Fees and Charges Schedule describes the fees and charges we have set under legislation such as the Resource Management Act 1991, Local Government Act 2002 and Building Act 2004. These Acts allow us to recover all reasonable costs incurred in respect of the activity to which the charge relates.

The fees and charges covered in the schedule include:

  • changes to policy statements and regional plans
  • resource consent applications (including transfers of resource consents and reviews of resource consents)
  • annual consent holder charges and compliance charges
  • incident cost recovery
  • charges under the Biosecurity Act 1993
  • charges under the Maritime Transport Act 1994
  • spatial information data
  • river and catchment services
  • Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
  • charges under the Building Act 2004.


Proposed changes

Fees and charges are set on a cost recovery basis so that individuals pay for the services they use. An element of most of our activities is also paid from rates or other external sources.

Hourly rates

We are proposing to increase the hourly rates charged for staff time. This is to ensure that the costs being incurred for this work are covered by the fees being charged. The increase is proposed to be an additional $5 per hour.

Consent pre-application advice

The free half hour advice has been changed to one hour. This will improve the quality of applications and improve processing times and outcomes for clients.

Gravel extraction charges

We have added some extra information to clarify the gravel extraction charges.

Changes to Table 4, pages 12 and 13 Whitebait and Coastal charges

Changes have been made to the groupings of consents within this section to clarify the different consent types.

Science research and management charges

We have applied a more consistent approach across all structure/occupy consents in relation to science research and management charges.

We have also added some extra information to clarify these charges. This explains why consent holders need to pay the charges.

You can read the proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges in the supporting documents on the side of this page - we have highlighted areas where things have been changed.

Please complete the survey below to provide any feedback on these proposed changes. There will be an opportunity to speak to your submission during a hearing if you wish - please indicate that on your feedback. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 4 July.

Environment Southland’s Fees and Charges Schedule was updated during last year’s Long-term Plan process, however some minor changes need to be made in line with this year’s Annual Plan to keep up with inflationary costs and add clarity to some areas. We are seeking feedback on the proposed changes.

Environment Southland’s Fees and Charges Schedule describes the fees and charges we have set under legislation such as the Resource Management Act 1991, Local Government Act 2002 and Building Act 2004. These Acts allow us to recover all reasonable costs incurred in respect of the activity to which the charge relates.

The fees and charges covered in the schedule include:

  • changes to policy statements and regional plans
  • resource consent applications (including transfers of resource consents and reviews of resource consents)
  • annual consent holder charges and compliance charges
  • incident cost recovery
  • charges under the Biosecurity Act 1993
  • charges under the Maritime Transport Act 1994
  • spatial information data
  • river and catchment services
  • Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
  • charges under the Building Act 2004.


Proposed changes

Fees and charges are set on a cost recovery basis so that individuals pay for the services they use. An element of most of our activities is also paid from rates or other external sources.

Hourly rates

We are proposing to increase the hourly rates charged for staff time. This is to ensure that the costs being incurred for this work are covered by the fees being charged. The increase is proposed to be an additional $5 per hour.

Consent pre-application advice

The free half hour advice has been changed to one hour. This will improve the quality of applications and improve processing times and outcomes for clients.

Gravel extraction charges

We have added some extra information to clarify the gravel extraction charges.

Changes to Table 4, pages 12 and 13 Whitebait and Coastal charges

Changes have been made to the groupings of consents within this section to clarify the different consent types.

Science research and management charges

We have applied a more consistent approach across all structure/occupy consents in relation to science research and management charges.

We have also added some extra information to clarify these charges. This explains why consent holders need to pay the charges.

You can read the proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges in the supporting documents on the side of this page - we have highlighted areas where things have been changed.

Please complete the survey below to provide any feedback on these proposed changes. There will be an opportunity to speak to your submission during a hearing if you wish - please indicate that on your feedback. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 4 July.

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