Resource Consents

Any use of resources in Taranaki requires a Resource Consent, unless the activity is permitted by a district and/or regional plan or the Resource Management Act 1991.


Resource Consents allow the use of natural resources (water, air and land). While many farming activities have very little environmental effect, and may be undertaken without a resource consent, there are activities that require resource consent. By way of example, resource consents are required to:

  • Take, use, dam or divert water
  • Discharge contaminants on to or into land, air or water
  • Erect, use or disturb structures in, on, under or over river or lake beds
  • Install groundwater bores or wells

Transferability of Resource Consents

Example: Farmer Clough from Opunake was granted a resource consent in 2004 by the Taranaki Regional Council to take water (for irrigation purposes) from the river running through his farm. After 50 years of farming, Farmer Clough decides it is time to sell the farm, retire, and move to New Plymouth. He places the farm on the market. A few weeks later an interested purchaser inspects the farm and makes inquiries with the agent as to whether Farmer Clough has a resource consent to take water from the river and, if so, whether it is transferable.

Question: Is Farmer Clough's resource consent for the water take transferable?

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