Elected members are entitled to receive additional payments in addition to their annual remuneration for:
Councils must include their hearings fees in their individual expense and reimbursement policy.
The Authority does not have any jurisdiction over fees related to alcohol licensing hearings.
The hourly rate paid is to be decided by the council up to:
There is no annual cap on the payment of fees for these hearings.
These fees are not part of the governance remuneration pool for councillors’ remuneration and positions of additional responsibility.
Councillors may also be paid for the time preparing for the hearing. Preparation time may include time for reading, attending onsite meetings, or attending pre-hearing briefings and meetings.
Reimbursement should not exceed the length of time of the hearing. For example, if a hearing lasts for three hours then no more than three hours of preparation time may be paid.
Preparation time is paid at the same rate as attending hearings. The chair of a hearing may also be paid for time spent writing up the decision or communicating for the purposed of the written decision.
There are different eligibility rules for Council Hearings Committee Chairs, and mayors or regional chairs.
Council Hearings Committee Chairs are paid for resource consent hearings in addition to what they are paid as chair.
Mayors and regional council chairs cannot receive fees for participating in resource consent hearings.
Fees might be considered in exceptional circumstances if:
In such circumstances, no fees should be paid without seeking prior approval from the Authority.