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Please note: To simplify this process the Regional Council has a Transfer Agreement with Rotorua District Council which means that the Regional Council assess resource consent applications under both the District Plan and the Regional Plan for most lake structures.

Why do I need a lease?

Te Arawa Lakes Trust are landowners of the Te Arawa lakebeds and they administer and manage the Te Arawa Stratum. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) administers the Crown Stratum on behalf of the Crown.  The stratum includes the water column and airspace stratum (see diagram below). If your structure was installed the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act (2006) you will require a lease from Te Arawa Lakes Trust and LINZ. A signed lease agreement is required with your application form.

Why do I need a Department of Conservation (DOC) Lease/Right to Occupy (RTO)

The Department of Conservation administer reserves and marginal strips at various locations around the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes.  If your structure occupies DOC administered land you will require a lease/RTO form from DOC. You will need to sign the management agreement and return with your application form.

Why do I need a Rotorua Lakes Council Lease/Right to Occupy (RTO)

The Rotorua Lakes Council are owners of reserves at various locations around the Rotorua Te Arawa lakes. If your structure occupies council reserve land you will require a lease/RTO from the Rotorua Lakes Council. You will need to sign the lease and return with your application form.

Will I need to sign and return several lease or Right to Occupy documents?

Yes, in some cases you may require a lease or RTO from several different parties. For example if your property is on a DOC marginal strip and was installed prior to the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act (2006) you would require a lease/RTO from both DOC and LINZ.