You must serve a copy of your submission on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable after you have served
your submission on the Council.
Please note that your submission (or part of your submission) may be struck out if the Council is satisfied that at least
one of the following applies to the submission (or part of the submission):
it is frivolous or vexatious;
it discloses no reasonable or relevant case;
it would be an abuse of the hearing process to allow the submission (or the part) to be taken further;
it contains offensive language;
it is supported only by material that purports to be independent expert evidence, but has been prepared by a
person who is not independent or who does not have sufficient specialised knowledge or skill to give expert
advice on the matter.
If you are making a submission to the Regional Council as well (for joint applications only) you must serve a separate
copy of your submission on them.
The closing date for serving submissions on the Council is the 20
working day after notification. This date is recorded
in the public notice or on the letter you received. Please ensure you comply with this date as late submissions may not
If you are a trade competitor, your right to make a submission may be limited by the trade competition provisions in
Part 11A of the Resource Management Act 1991.
If you make a request under section 100A of the Resource Management Act 1991, for a hearing by a Commissioner
you must do so in writing no later than five working days after the close of submissions. The Whakatāne District
Council has a form you may use. You may be liable to meet or contribute to the costs of the hearings commissioner or
commissioners. You may not make a request under section 100A of the Resource Management Act 1991 in relation to
an application for a coastal permit to carry out an activity that a regional coastal plan describes as a restricted coastal
If you are making a submission to the Environmental Protection Authority, you should use form 16B. (Refer to the
Resource Management (Forms, Fees and Procedures) Regulations 2003)).