Level 1 water restrictions remain in place for Hāwea and Arthurs Point. For more information on what this means, please visit our water restrictions webpage.

Practice notes and guidance

The Practice notes below set out our interpretation of certain District Plan provisions where uncertainty or ambiguity exists. The District Plan Review will ultimately seek to clarify any provisions identified in Practice Notes.

  • Please note that with the issuing of decisions on submissions for Stage 1 of the Proposed District Plan, rules under the Proposed District Plan are now being triggered. QLDC's view is that discretionary subdivisions under the new PDP Rural chapter are not precluded from being publicly notified because applicants need to trigger a land use consent. This is because:

    • The PDP discretionary subdivision rule doesn’t reference building platforms

    • Applicants only trigger rule 27.7.10 if there is no platform being established.

    • As such the only way to apply for a platform is through the land use provisions.

    The Practice Note remains valid for Rural General zoned land not covered in Stage 1 of the PDP, for example land covered by the Stage 2 Chapter 24 - Wakatipu Basin.

    Regarding the Operative District Plan, it is important to note that as a result of the new Proposed District Plan, there are certain parts of the Operative District Plan that may be superseded. Therefore, it may be necessary to seek professional planning advice when in the design phase of a project.

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Environmental Management Plan notes

Land development activities can have adverse effects on the surrounding environment if adequate controls are not in place - such as erosion and sediment runoff, dust, and site contamination. To help reduce these effects, we developed a set of guidelines for large scale developments. They can also be applied to smaller, residential builds.

They have been created to replace the existing Earthworks Guidelines, to raise the bar, and align the district with current industry best practice.

If you have any questions, please contact: RCMonitoring@qldc.govt.nz

Tiny homes guidance

If you are considering constructing or purchasing a tiny house to be located in the Queenstown Lakes District, we’ve prepared this factsheet to help you understand the legal requirements and the approach of Queenstown Lakes District Council.