Council resolved at its 18 May 2016 meeting to increase slightly some of the administrative fees and charges set under the Resource Management Act. Consultation on this proposal has closed. To see our fees and charges for the 2016/17 year, head to our fees and charges page. We have these fees and charges in the first place so that we can recover the cost of processing applications and consents for things like subdivisions and resource consents. The current fees and charges no longer reflect the actual costs of providing the services in question. The changes better reflect the costs incurred by Council to review and process applications for resource consents, subdivision applications, engineering works inspections and the preparation of documents, to those who benefit from these services - namely the applicants. The changes will allow people to have a better understanding of what the true costs of their application will be. Head to our fees and charges page to see our new fees. To look at what we proposed, go to our Consultation Portal. Why are we consulting? We would usually consult on changes to fees and charges as part of a formal consultation on an annual plan or long term plan, but recent legislative changes mean we don't have to consult on annual plans if they don't have any significant or material changes to what was proposed in the last long term plan. Council decided in its 14 March meeting that the proposed work programme for 2016/17 did not have any significant or material changes from the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan, so we're not undertaking a formal consultation. For more information on our 2016/17 work programme see www.tcdc.govt.nz/AP2016. In preparing the proposed fees and charges, our staff reviewed the actual costs incurred over the 2015/16 financial year and found the current charges fall short. The increases better reflect the average actual costs. Our costs have gone up for a number of reasons, among them inflation and the increasingly complex nature of resource and subdivision consent applications. A Fixed Initial Deposit Charge is levied in some cases and if an application costs less than this the balance will be refunded; if it costs more, the balance will be invoiced to the applicant.