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Coastal Permits

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 permit?

The Resource Management Act 1991 requires that coastal permits be obtained for:

  • reclamations
  • structures
  • disturbance of the foreshore or seabed
  • removal of sand and gravel
  • deposition of substances
  • introduction of plants
  • discharges
  • 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.

Erosion protection

For information on Erosion protection relating to the Tauranga Harbour, please read Erosion protection works - Guidelines for Tauranga Harbour.