Planning guides and forms

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Guides and forms related to planning and resource management are available here.

Zone Summaries

The guides below are a summary of the general environmental standards and rules from the Invercargill City District Plan that apply to different areas of our District.  If you are planning on building or subdividing in Invercargill, refer to these guides to get an idea of the key considerations relating to matters such as how small can you subdivide your property down to, how high can you build, and how close can you build on your boundary.

Residential 1 and Residential 1A (Medium Density) Zones
Residential 2 (Bluff and Ōmaui) Zone
Residential 3 (Large Lot) Zone
Otatara Zones
Rural Zone

NOTE: The Building section of the website contains related information.


Forms and guides

If you would like more information about the following forms and guides phone the Council on (03) 211 1777 and ask to speak to the Duty Planner.

Land Use Consent
Land Use Consent guide
Subdivision Consent Application
Affected Persons Written Approval
Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity
Written Approval for Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity
Submission on a Notified or Limited Notified Application
Online Services – apply online
Local Authority Compliance Application


Hazardous activities
(Environment Southland documents)

Selected Land Use Sites Register To manage information about land in the Southland region that is, or has been, associated with the use, storage or disposal of hazardous substances.

Outdoor Burning Fact Sheet The rules for what you can and can not burn in Southland as part of the Southland Regional Air Plan.

Hazardous Activities and Industries List A compilation of activities and industries that are considered likely or more than likely to have caused land contamination resulting from past hazardous use, storage or disposal.


Disconnecting from Council services
Use the following form if you intend to demolish or remove a building connected to sewerage and/or stormwater services.
Form: Sealing off services for demolition or relocation of a building You might also need to apply for a Building Consent.

Use the following form if you intend to disconnect the water supply
Form: Water Disconnection Application



Fees finder (see Resource Management)

NOTE: Some fees are fixed initial deposits only. The actual fee payable may include the cost of the time taken to process each application, memorandum, consent, notice, certificate or schedule. Should external professionals be involved you may be invoiced for actual costs; or for staff time the rate is $145ph.  An invoice for any costs over and above the a initial fixed deposit will normally be sent out following the release of the decision.”


Planning Hearing Procedures (guide)


So You Want to Erect a Sign (guide)