Fast-track Approvals Bill Submission

Here are some useful resources for making your submission:

EDS Template submission on the Fast-track Approvals Bill

- Green Party submission guide


Here is my submission

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 19 April 2024

The chairperson of the Environment Committee is now calling for submissions on the Fast-track Approvals Bill. The Fast-track Approvals Bill is an omnibus bill. It would enable a fast-track decision-making process for infrastructure and development projects that are considered to have significant regional or national benefits.

The bill would establish a separate process for several approvals under different legislation including:

  • resource consents, notices of requirement, and certificates of compliance (Resource Management Act 1991)
  • concessions (Conservation Act 1987)
  • authority to do anything otherwise prohibited under the Wildlife Act 1953
  • archaeological authority (Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014)
  • marine consents (Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012)
  • land access (Crown Minerals Act 1991)
  • aquaculture activity approvals (Fisheries Act 1996).

Clause 10 provides a detailed list of the approvals covered by this bill.

To access the fast-track approvals process, project owners would need to apply to the joint Ministers. A project would then be referred to an expert panel to assess the project and make a recommendation to the joint Ministers, who would then determine whether the approvals should be granted or declined.

Tell the Environment Committee what you think

Make a submission on the bill by 11.59pm on Friday, 19 April 2024.


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