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Gravel Extraction

Information for resource applications for extraction of sand, gravel or other material from the bed of any river or lake.

Do I need a consent for gravel extraction?

If you intend to extract large scale extraction of sand, gravel or other material from the bed of any river or lake you will need a resource consent.

What to know before you apply

Please read the following documents and information before applying for a consent.

Please note:

  • Different rules apply to consents within the coastal environment governed by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Coastal Environment Plan.
  • Resource consents cannot be issued for gravel takes within HBRC’s River Scheme Global consent Area.

HBRC River Scheme Global Consent covers the beds of the Ngaruroro River, Tukituki Catchment Rivers (Tukituki River, Waipawa River, Makaretu River, Mangaonuku Stream, Tukipo River) and Tutaekuri River  - see figure 1 below.


 Figure 1: HBRC’s River Scheme Global Consent Area. 

 If you wish to extract gravel from this area, you will need an authorisation from HBRC’s Regional Assets Team. To enquire about this process please email the Regional Assets Team.

Technical Information – River-based gravel extraction

River gravels supply a valuable resource that are used in multiple ways by the community.  When extracting gravel from rivers there is a risk of adverse effects on river channel integrity if it is not extracted sustainably. Sustainable access to gravel includes consideration of location, extraction methods, and reasonable volume.

The Regional Council has prepared guidelines about river-based gravel extraction which should be used to guide applications.

You will require a resource consent to extract large scale of sand, gravel or other material from the bed of any river or lake outside HBRC’s River Scheme Global Consent Area if the activity does not comply with terms, conditions and standards of either Rule 73 of the Regional Resource Management Plan OR Rule 55 of the Regional Environment Coastal Plan.

Large scale extraction refers to the following:

  • Not extracting more than 0.25 m3 of gravel at any one time, and
  • The total quantity of gravel extracted by any person shall not exceed 1 m3 per year.

Expert Help

Land use consents to extract gravel can be a complex and tricky process. It is likely you will need to engage an engineer to assess effects of the proposed sediment abstraction on gravel allocation, bed stability, any existing structures nearby, flow of the watercourse, etc. You may need to engage other experts such as ecologists to assess what the impact of your activity is likely to be on the waterway (water quality and instream ecology) and birdlife.

Guidance Notes

Please read the relevant guidance notes to assist you in filling out the application form -

Application Forms & Deposit

Applications can be lodged and emailed to or physically to any of our office. Please check the front page of your applications Form A for full lodgement instructions.

Contact Us

You can contact a Consents Advisor by telephoning +64 6 835 9200 or emailing us at  We will be happy to answers any questions about the consenting process.

A resource consent is a legal document. Keep it in a safe place and check it regularly to be sure you are fully aware of conditions.



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