What is a coastal permit?
A coastal permit is a resource consent allowing activities in
the coastal marine area. The coastal marine area is the zone
between the line of the highest spring tide water mark and the
twelve nautical mile limit. At the mouth of a river the highest
spring tide water mark is determined by a formula and you will need
to seek advice from Bay of Plenty Regional Council if the
proposed activity is located in a river mouth or an estuary.
Which activities require a coastal
The Resource Management Act 1991 requires that coastal permits
be obtained for:
- disturbance of the foreshore or seabed
- removal of sand and gravel
- deposition of substances
- introduction of plants
- removal of seawater.
Some activities are permitted because regional plans contain
rules which allow them. For example, some stormwater discharges
(within certain limits). Advice on which activities are authorised
can be obtained from Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
Read our Resource Consents page for more information.
For information on Erosion protection relating to the Tauranga
Harbour, please read Erosion protection works -
Guidelines for Tauranga Harbour.