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The Environment Court charges a filing fee for lodging an appeal. The filing fee for each appeal/application type is listed with the appropriate section/form on this page.

Environment Court prescribed forms & filing fees

The court's forms are set out in the Resource Management (Forms, Fees, and Procedure) Regulations 2003.

Resource Management (Forms, Fees, and Procedure) Regulations 2003 (external link)

If you're unable to access the RTF documents below, refer to the Regulations.

Changes to the Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedure) Regulations (external link) come into effect on 14 September 2017.  This will increase the filing fee as well as introduce new fees for filing of s274 party notices and interlocutory proceedings.  Scheduling and Hearing fees are also introduced.

Please note that if your application was filed with the Council pre 14 September 2017 that the old fee structure will apply.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Environment Court registry.

The filing fee for each appeal or application type is listed with the appropriate section or form below this shows fees for pre and on or after 14 September 2017. All fees include GST.

If you pay your fee in cash at an Environment Court office, we will round the fee down to the nearest 10 cents.

Clause 14(1) of First Schedule, Resource Management Act 1991 (also clauses 29(6) and (7), of First Schedule, Resource Management Act 1991)

Notice of appeal against decision on proposed policy statement or plan Form 7 [DOCX, 24 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Clause 14(3) of First Schedule, Resource Management Act 1991

Notice of appeal against decision of requiring authority or heritage protection authority on proposed plan Form 8 [DOCX, 24 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing Fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Clauses 27 of First Schedule, Resource Management Act 1991

Notice of appeal against decision of territorial authority on whether to accept or reject plan change request Form 34 [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 116 Application for consent to commence

Notice of Motion (General)Form 36 [DOCX, 23 KB] [DOCX, 25 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 No filing fee required.

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $200

No scheduling fee

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the second day

Sections 120, 121, 127(3), 132(2), 136(4)(b), 137(5), 139(12) and 139A(9), Resource Management Act 1991

Notice of appeal on decision on application concerning resource consent, transfer of water permit or discharge permit, or certificate of compliance Form 16 [DOCX, 25 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 234(4), Resource Management Act 1991

Notice of appeal on decision concerning esplanade strip Form 16 [DOCX, 25 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $56.22

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $250

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Sections 174, 181(2), 192(c) and 195A Resource Management Act 1991

Notice of appeal against decision concerning requirement for designation or heritage order Form 22 [DOCX, 25 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 176A(5), Resource Management Act 1991

Appeal against requiring or heritage protection authority’s decision regarding Outline Plan Form 34 [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Sections 179 and 195, Resource Management Act 1991

Appeal against requiring or heritage protection authority’s decision on application to use land subject to a designation or heritage order Form 34 [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Sections 185 and 198, Resource Management Act 1991

Application for order obliging requiring authority or heritage protection authority to take land Form 24 [DOCX, 23 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $56.22

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $250

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 274, Resource Management Act 1991

Notice of person's wish to be party to proceedings Form 33 [DOCX, 23 KB]

If the matter you wish to join commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 No filing fee required.

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $100 Exceptions: Joining a matter under 87G, 149T, 198E and 198K RMA

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 278(3)(b) Application for production of documents

Notice of Motion (General)Form 36 [DOCX, 23 KB] [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 No filing fee required.

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $200

No scheduling fee

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the second day

Section 279(b) Application for a case to be struck out

Notice of Motion (General)Form 36 [DOCX, 23 KB] [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 No filing fee required.

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $200

No scheduling fee

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the second day

(General) Notice of appeal to Environment Court Form 34 [DOCX, 14 KB]
Refer to appropriate section for fee.
Section 358, Resource Management Act 1991

Appeal against a decision on an objection Form 34 [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $511.11

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $600

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 291, Resource Management Act 1991 Notice of Motion (General)Form 36 [DOCX, 23 KB]Refer to appropriate section for fee.
Section 291(4), Resource Management Act 1991 Notice of person's wish to be heard on notice of motion Form 37 [DOCX, 21 KB]
No filing fee required.
Section 281, Resource Management Act 1991 Application for waiver or directions Form 38 [DOCX, 13 KB]
No filing fee required.
Application for security for costs

Notice of Motion (General)Form 36 [DOCX, 23 KB] [DOCX, 15 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 No filing fee required.

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $200

No scheduling fee

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the second day

Section 278(1), Resource Management Act 1991

Witness summons to Environment Court hearing Form 40 [DOCX, 15 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 No filing fee required.

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $200

No scheduling fee

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the second day

Section 311, Resource Management Act 1991

Application for declaration Form 41 [DOCX, 13 KB]

Filing fee $250

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Sections 316 and 320, Resource Management Act 1991

Application for enforcement order or interim enforcement order Form 43 [DOCX, 14 KB]

Filing fee $250

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Sections 320(5) and 321, Resource Management Act 1991

Application to change or cancel enforcement order or interim enforcement order Form 46 [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Court pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $56.22

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $250

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 325(2), Resource Management Act 1991

Notice of appeal against abatement notice Form 49 [DOCX, 14 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 Filing fee $56.22

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $250

Scheduling fee $350

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the first half day

Section 325(3B), Resource Management Act 1991

Application for stay of abatement notice Form 50 [DOCX, 13 KB]

If your matter commenced at the Council pre 14 September 2017 No filing fee required.

On or after 14 September 2017 Filing fee $200

No scheduling fee

Hearing fee per half day $350 following the second day

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Paying court filing fees electronically

You can pay the filing fee:

  • electronically through internet bill payment services
  • over the counter at any Westpac bank.

You should:

  • pay the money into Westpac bank account 03-0049-0001063-00
  • tell the appropriate Environment Court registry that you have made a payment
  • include adequate identifying information with your payment.

As long as the information included with the payment is the same information supplied to staff at the appropriate court, there should be no difficulty in verifying the receipt of fees.

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Internet banking – identifying information

When internet banking use either the Environment Court file number or the appropriate court location or both of these as a reference. The Environment Court location identifiers are set out below:

Environment Court Auckland

‘EnvcrtAK’
Environment Court Wellington

’EnvcrtWN’
Environment Court Christchurch

‘EnvcrtCH’

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Paying at Westpac over the counter – identifying information

When paying over the counter at a Westpac bank use the following reference number:

Environment Court Auckland 

09500
Environment Court Wellington

09400
Environment Court Christchurch

09300

The 'Name of other Party' supplied should be the legal firm or person paying the fee. 

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Apply for help to pay the Environment Court fees

You may not have to pay some of the court fees for your environment court case if you can’t afford them.

You will need to ask the court to waive (cancel) the fee. This means you won’t have to pay.

The Registrar (and Deputy Registrars) have the power to waive, reduce and/or postpone some Environment Court fees, on application, in limited circumstances.  The fees that might be waived, refunded or postponed are prescribed in section 281A of the Resource Management Act 1991.  

These fees can only be waived, refunded or postponed if:

  • you are unable to pay the fee or
  • the proceedings concern a matter of public interest and are unlikely to proceed if the fee was required.
Forms to get a waiver

Fill in 1 of these forms:

Apply for a waiver (or refund) of fees if you’re an individual [PDF, 189 kB] [PDF, 189 KB]

Apply for a waiver (or refund) of fees if you’re an individual and you’ve already had a waiver for this case [PDF, 174 kB] [PDF, 174 KB]

Apply for a waiver (or refund) of fees if you’re an organisation [PDF, 187 kB] [PDF, 188 KB]

Apply for a waiver (or refund) of fees if you’re an organisation and you’ve already had a waiver for this case [PDF, 175 kB] [PDF, 175 KB]

Apply for a review of the decision to not waiver the fee [PDF, 27 kB] [PDF, 27 KB]

If you don’t want the case to be held up while you’re waiting for the court’s decision, fill in the part of the form called ‘Ask for processes to continue while this form is being processed’.

You can use the same form to apply for a refund. Do this if you have already paid the fee but now want to get a waiver and have the court pay back the money.

What happens after you file your application

A Registrar or Deputy Registrar will look at your application and we will let you know their decision.

It may take several weeks for your application to be processed.

Review of decision not to waive a fee

The first decision about a fee waiver will be made by a Registrar or Deputy Registrar at the court.

If you’re unhappy with their decision, you can ask to have it reviewed by a judge. You will need to fill in a separate form – see above ‘Apply for a review of the decision to not waiver the fee’.

You need to do this within 10 working days after being told the first decision.

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