District Plan

​​​​​On 7 August 2014, Ashburton District Council formally approved the adoption of the second generation Ashburton District Plan, this decision was notified on 14 August and the District Plan formally became operative on 25 August 2014. Plan Change 1 to the District Plan Became Operative on 20 April 2017.​

Please also note that Environment Canterbury (the Canterbury Regional Council) imposes additional consenting requirements for certain activities. It is advised that you phone Environment Canterbury on 0800 324 636 
(0800 EC INFO) or visit their webpage​ for more information.

Plan Change 1

View the Recommendations on Plan Change 1 adopted as Council Decisions
View the Appendices to the Decisions

Proposed Plan Change 2

The Proposed Plan Change 2 to the Operative Ashburton District Plan consists of six distinct proposals addressing identified gaps and defici​encies to the Plan. The proposed changes are meant to improve the efficiency of the District Plan by clarifying, making additions or removal of the identified ambiguous provisions. ​

The proposed changes cover the following areas:

A.  Protection of salmon spawning areas
B.  Farming Activity/Intensive farming activity building size limit
C.  Roading Hierarchy
D.  Plains Museum land use zone boundary extension
E.  Livestock farming in Residential Zones
F.  Hours of operation of Licensed Premises in the Business Zone

View the Public Notice

The above details of the proposals and accompanying evaluation reports in accordance with section 32 of the Resource Management Act (1991) are also available for inspection at the following sites;

  • Council Offices at 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton;
  • Ashburton Library;
  • Methven I-site;
  • Rakaia Mobile Service Station.

Council wishes to invite further submissions on the submissions received during the initial statutory notification.  Eight submissions were received in the first round and copies of these are available at the locations outlined below.

Further submissions may only be lodged by a person/organisation who represent a relevant aspect of the public interest and / or has an interest in the proposal greater than the interest that the general public has or the local authority for the area. 

Further submissions must be limited to matters either in support of or in opposition to the submissions received and must be in Form 6 of the RMA.  

A summary and copies of the received submissions can be accessed online:

View the submissions received 
View the summary of submissions received 

Alternatively, they are available at the Council Office at 5 Baring Square West Ashburton, Ashburton Library, Mobil service station at Rakaia, the Methven I-site. Plan Change 2 documents can also be requested from the Council by telephone (03 3077700), email (info@adc.govt.nz) or in person.  

You may make a further submission by sending a written or electronic submission to the above clearly marked as Plan Change 2; Further submission. A copy of your submission must be send to the person/s who made the original submission within five (5) working days after delivering your submission to Council. 

Any further submissions must be received by the Council no later than 5pm, Friday 12 April, 2019.

Jane Donaldson
Group Manager – Environmental Services​

How to use the District Plan

The plan contains rules that may affect you if you are making a development or land-use proposal. To find out what is allowed to happen on a piece of land or in a neighbourhood (your area's zoning), refer to the District Plan Maps and Zones page.

When you have selected the map you are interested in:

1. Check which zone the site is in

The colour of the site will refer to a residential, commercial, central or recreational zone. Ashburton District Council divides zoning and other relevant information into chapters (listed below), these contain the rules and policies.

2. Check for symbols on the site

Symbols can represent a protected  tree or building. If there are symbols, you will need to look at the key and then the relevant chapter below.

Page reviewed: 08 May 2019 11:09am