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Lake Structure Consents

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Any temporary or permanent structure where some part sits in, on, under or over a lake is considered a lake structure. Examples include jetties, boat ramps, boatsheds, moorings and retaining walls. Follow the links below for more information on existing and new lake structures as well as the different land owners you may need to interact with when getting resource consent. Alternatively a summary document can be found here. 

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Existing lake structures

Consent holders are responsible for ensuring their lake structure consent is up-to-date. With the majority of resource consents for lake structures in the Te Arawa Rotorua Lakes area due to expire by 2020 Regional Council are streamlining the replacement consent process. 

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Installing a new lake structure

A resource consent is required for any activity that affects the environment. Within the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), section 13 requires resource consent for all structures in, on, under or over the bed of the lake regardless of whether the structures are existing or proposed. 

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Who owns the lakes

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is the primary contact for lake structure resource consenting queries, however there are a number of other groups involved too.


Lake structure forms


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