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Consent holders given more reason to comply

Friday 31 March 2006

Consent holders given more reason to comply

Environment Bay of Plenty resource consent holders may have even more reason soon to make sure they follow the rules.

The regional council wants to start charging a fee of $120 when staff have to serve an abatement notice because of failure to meet consent conditions or plan rules.

The fee would help cover the time it takes staff to prepare the notice, says manager consents and compliance, Andy Bruere.

Abatement notices instruct the consent holder of the actions they need to take for full compliance.

The new fee is one of the proposed changes in Environment Bay of Plenty’s Section 36 charges, which is now open for submissions. Section 36 charges are the council’s cost recovery mechanism for its consent processing and compliance monitoring work, for example for dairy shed consents.

The main changes include:

  • The introduction of an annual monitoring fee for coastal consents.
  • The introduction of an annual monitoring fee for land use consents for structures in the Rotorua lakes area. (Last year, Environment Bay of Plenty took over consent work for lake structures from Rotorua District Council.)
  • A small increase in the base annual charge for current consents, from $65 to $75 excluding GST.
  • Minor changes to compliance monitoring fees and to consent application fees, where actual costs have increased,.
  • A small reduction in charge-out rates for staff working on consents because of changes in the way the rates are calculated.
  • Submissions close on Wednesday 3 May. For more information, call Environment Bay of Plenty on 0800 ENV BOP (368 267).

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