Minerals permit processing performance
With a shift to the online management of permit applications, NZP&M has set standard target timelines for processing various types of mineral permit applications.
Each year we process around 400 to 500 minerals applications, and aim to have 80% of applications within the target timelines by 2017.
As part of our continuing efforts to make permit processing easier and more efficient, we aim to conduct the bulk of our permitting business online by July 2018.
To provide transparency we publish quarterly data on permit processing times.
Standard target timelines
We use timeline targets to monitor and report on our permitting approval performance. Target timelines are set for standard key NZP&M approval processes. More complex, or non-standard, applications generally require more time to assess. We routinely reviews target timelines, staff resourcing levels and approval systems to continually improve our permitting process.
|Approval Process||Target Timeline|
|All hobby permit applications||60 business days|
|Prospecting Permits||80 business days|
|Tier 1 Exploration Permits||80 business days|
|Tier 2 Exploration Permits||80 business days|
|Tier 1 Mining Permits||120 business days|
|Tier 2 Mining Permits||120 business days|
|Change of Conditions||60 business days|
|Transfers||40 business days|
|Change of Operator||40 business days|
|Notification of Change of Control||40 business days|
|Consent to a Dealing||40 business days|
|Extension of duration to a Prospecting Permit||60 business days|
|Extension of duration (not appraisal) to an Exploration Permit||60 business days|
|Change of Minerals to a Prospecting Permit||60 business days|
|Change of Minerals to an Exploration Permit||60 business days|
|Extension of land to a Prospecting Permit||60 business days|
|Extension of land to an Exploration Permit||60 business days|
|Extension of Duration for Appraisal to an Exploration Permit||120 business days|
|Extension of land to a Mining Permit||120 business days|
|Change of Minerals to a Mining Permit||120 business days|
|Partial Surrenders||20 business days|
|Full Surrenders||10 business days|
Our approval performance measures exclude the time taken by processes outside NZP&M’s control. When an application process is outside NZP&M’s control (eg. we await more information from the applicant), the time taken during this process is not included when calculating NZP&M’s approval performance. In effect, the 'clock is stopped'. The clock is started again when we receive the requested information from the applicant. Stop the clock events and dates are recorded on NZP&M’s online lodgement and approval tracking system.