Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas

The Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas legislation has enabled the streamlining of new housing developments, and allowed special housing areas to be designated under accords between the Government and Council.

Changes to the Act

The Government is not extending the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas legislation. Sections of the Act (16 and 17) are set to expire on 16 September 2019.

No new Special Housing Areas (SHAs) can be established after this date and all existing SHAs will be disestablished.  The rest of the Act will be repealed on 16 September 2021.

Future SHA applications

Accord Territorial Authorities (Councils) can still submit new SHA applications to the Ministry by 30 April 2019. However consideration of applications, especially complex ones, is not guaranteed by the 16 September 2019 deadline.

Any applications made after 30 April 2019 will be processed after the applications made before the deadline are completed. Please note that it is unlikely applications made after 30 April 2019 will be established as SHAs by the 16 September 2019 deadline.

Resource consent applications

Resource consent applications for developments within SHAs that are lodged before 16 September 2019 will continue to be processed through the permissive resource consent process provided by the Act, until 16 September 2021.

Any consent applications lodged after 16 September 2019 will be processed through the Resource Management Act process. The Ministry recommends that Councils prepare any consent applications for a new SHA at the same time they submit an application to create the SHA.

Housing Accords

Housing Accords aim to set targets and actions to increase the immediate and longer-term supply of land, and therefore improve the affordability of housing.

Published: October 1, 2018