Consents management Consent is an agreement with someone to take an action. For example, if workers need to access private land in order to widen a road, the landowner’s permission will have to be sought. Consents are critical to most infrastructure projects, so early identification is advised. If a project requires consents but proceeds to construction without them, this could be a criminal offence. Different types of work may require different types of consents, such as: environment town planning highways railway and property consents. These are all discussed in this section.