Guides and guidelines relating to resource consents.

Integrated Transport Assessment (ITA)

Follow these guidelines to prepare an Integrated Transport Assessment.

The Integrated Transport Assessment [PDF, 1.3 MB] guidelines include information on what an ITA is, why and when it is required, and a tool kit to assist applicants in developing an Integrated Transport Assessment for a proposed development.

Character areas

Character Areas (previously known as Special Amenity Areas or SAMs) are areas in residential neighbourhoods that are distinctive from their surroundings and are considered to have a character worthy of retention.

The Special Amenity Areas in the City Plan were reviewed as part of the District Plan Review process. The new Christchurch District Plan includes Character Area overlays in 15 Christchurch locations as well as in Lyttelton and Akaroa.

The Character overlays within Christchurch City have associated rules controlling works visible from the street or within the front yard setback and also where they involve changes to the building facades.

Within the Lyttelton  and Akaroa Character Area overlays, a resource consent is needed for external additions, alterations or demolition, as well as the erection of new buildings and the relocation of buildings on to a site. 

It is intended that guidelines for each of the Character Areas will be produced by the Council in due course. 

Chapter 14 Residential of the District Plan outlines the rules relating to Character Areas, or you can contact our Duty Planner for more information. 

Urban design

Urban design guides produced by the Council.

Streamside planting

The Christchurch City and lowland Canterbury streamside planting guide.

The Christchurch City and Lowland Canterbury Streamside Planting Guide provides information on what plant species are preferred by Council within riparian margins.

Quarry rehabilitation plan

This guide has been prepared to assist quarry operators when preparing a quarry site rehabilitation plan (QSRP).

This guide includes information on:

  • the Christchurch District Plan requirements for quarry site rehabilitation
  • what should be included in a quarry site rehabilitation plan
  • the Council’s process for certifying quarry site rehabilitation plans.

Quarry site rehabilitation plan guide (August 2018) [PDF, 16 MB]

Global resource consents for repair and rebuild works

Information for contractors, Project Management Offices (PMOs), and others who need to apply for multiple, similar resource consents for the repair of land or buildings, and/or rebuilding of dwellings.

Repair or rebuilding may require resource consent from the Christchurch City Council or Environment Canterbury, or from both councils. The two councils are working together to streamline the resource consent process to make it easier for applicants. 

Applying for a global resource consent [PDF, 1.5 MB] is one of the ways in which the resource consent requirements can be simplified.