The Planning and Resource Management Division carries out the Council’s functions and responsibilities as prescribed in the Resource Management Act 1991. This includes the development and administration of the District Plan, processing resource consents, and undertaking environmental education initiatives. Other responsibilities include the management of the contract for valuation services.
Planning and resource management topics frequently raised by the public:
The Council’s GIS computer system has aerial images of properties within the district. These images are not site plans but provide a view of the property and any amenities eg drainage and dwellings. Aerial images and customised maps are available; pricing varies depending on the work involved.
The District Plan (see the Public Documents section of this site) contains rules about what activities can occur on a site, dependant on its location. For example, in a residential area there are rules controlling the height of buildings in relation to boundaries, site coverage, outdoor living space and car parking.
The Council has hazard maps and supporting information which identify areas in the district which are subject to riverine inundation, stormwater flooding and sea level rise. For more information contact the Council or refer to the District Plan hazard maps.
It is important that you get a LIM (a report by the Council noting all the information that is available on file for a particular section of land) or view the property file to establish what information the Council has about your property. This is particularly important before purchasing or developing a property.
The Statistics New Zealand website has population data for Invercargill, Bluff and Southland.
You can identify your property’s boundaries in several ways. The easiest method is to look for boundary pegs. If you are unable to locate the pegs then you can employ a surveyor or obtain a Certificate of Title. You can also view an aerial image of your property online at this website; the image indicates approximately where the boundaries are.
The Council holds a file for every property within the district. The files, which contain information relating to drainage, sewage, dwellings, alterations, consents etc, may be inspected at the Council’s Invercargill and Bluff offices.
Street numbers and rapid numbers are allocated by the Council.
Subdivision requires Council’s approval, usually in the form of a resource consent. It is recommended that you contact a registered surveyor if you intend to subdivide your land: the surveyor will be able to help you through the subdivision process and guide you through any subsequent landuse issues.
Developing wetlands on farmland etc: refer to the Wetlands of Southland booklet which is available from the Council.
NOTE: More information is available at the Environment Southland website.