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Regional Coastal Environment Plan

The Regional Coastal Environment Plan promotes sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Bay of Plenty's coastal environment. 

Find out about the current state of our coastal environment

Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Plan

Council decisions released 1 September 2015

View the Council Decisions.

View the Proposed Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan.

 The Operative Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Environment Plan (amended 22 February 2011) will remain active until any appeals on the new Plan have been resolved.

Operative Bay of Plenty Regional Coastal Plan 

Download a copy of the current operative plan here:

The Plan covers the entire coastal environment (49KB, pdf) including the coastal marine area (the area between mean high water spring tides and the '12 mile limit' of the territorial seas) and the land backdrop. It includes:

  1. Rules to regulate some activities in the coastal marine area.This includes building of structures, disturbance of the foreshore or seabed, reclaiming the sea, discharging contaminants and other activities.These activities generally require a coastal permit from Bay of Plenty Regional Council before they can be undertaken.
  2. Policies about important environmental issues on land adjacent to the sea. This includes issues relating to the natural character and landscape of the coast, public access and coastal hazards. These policies do not regulate people's activities directly but provide guidance in the preparation of district plans and consideration of resource consents.
  3. Fifteen schedules including site specific information on coastal values (including landscape, vegetation, bird habitat, conservation areas and culturally significant areas), development plans for the Ports of Tauranga and Whakatane, water quality standards and environmental monitoring.

The Regional Coastal Environment Plan is under review. Find out more.

Other Information

Plan changes

Provisions relating to restricted coastal activities were removed from the Regional Coastal Environment Plan on 22 February 2011 in accordance with the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010.

Statutory Acknowledgements

The Ngā Whakaaetanga-ā-Ture ki Te Taiao ā Toi (Statutory Acknowledgements in the Bay of Plenty) is a compendium document to be read as an attachment to a nd in conjunction with the Operative Regional Coastal Environment Plan including proposed regional plan or policy statement, and any variation or change notified by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Check out the Statutory Acknowledgements webpage for more information.

Planning Maps

The planning maps cover the entire coastal strip of the region, including harbours and offshore islands and land backdrop at a scale of 1:25 000. The maps identify many of the special values of the coast that need protecting.

Coastal Marine Area and River Mouth Boundary Agreement 2008

The Regional Council, territorial authorities and Minister of Conservation are required to agree on the locationof river mouths in the region, which are then used to establish the boundary of the coastal marine area in rivers that enter the sea.

The Coastal Marine Area Boundary and River Mouths were redefined in 2008 by a new agreement signed by therelevantterritorial authorities (Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council, Whakatane District Council and Opotiki District council), the Regional Council and the Department of Conservation(acting on behalf of the Minster of Conservation).These boundaries replace those included in the Second Schedule of the Regional Coastal Environment Plan shown on the planning maps.

The following signed agreement and maps are available for you to download:

Maps 1-10 Maps 11-20 Maps 21-30
Map 1 Waiau River
(106MB, pdf)
Map 11 Kaituna River
(162KB, pdf) 
Map 21 Otara River
(181KB, pdf)
Map 2 Uretara Stream
(1.14MB, pdf)
Map 12 Wairoa River
(219KB, pdf)
Map 22 Waiaua River
(1.01MB, pdf)
Map 3 Tuapiro Creek
(1.07, MB, pdf)
Map 13 Waimapu Stream
(1.13MB, pdf)
Map 23 Tirohanga River
(1.06MB, pdf) 
Map 4 Nguturu (Te Mere) stream
(1.11MB, pdf)
Map 14 Waitahanui River
(1.12MB, pdf)
Map 24 Torere River
(1.12MB, pdf)
Map 5 Te Mania Stream
(1.06MB, pdf)
Map 15 Tarawera River
(166KB, pdf)
Map 25 Hawai River
(1.15MB, pdf)
Map 6 Aongatete Stream
(1.05MB, pdf)
Map 16 Rangitaiki River
(179KB, pdf)
Map 26 Motu River
(192KB, pdf)
Map 7 Wainui River
(1.05MB, pdf)
Map 17 Whatatane River
(240KB, pdf)
Map 27 Waikakariki (Haparapara)
River (180KB, pdf)
Map 8 Stream near Apata
(1.07MB, pdf)
Map 18 Nukuhou River
(1.08MB, pdf)
Map 28 Kereu River
(168KB, pdf)
Map 9 Waipapa River
(1.16MB, pdf)
Map 19 Waiotahi River
(1.02MB, pdf)
Map 29 Raukokore River
(181KB, pdf)
Map 10 Te Puna Stream
(1.13MB, pdf)
Map 20 Waioeka River
(163KB, pdf)
Map 30 Whangaparoa River
(163KB, pdf)

Order a copy of the Operative Coastal Plan

Order the plan by contacting us - details below. The Plan costs are (prices include GST):

  • Volume 1 (Text) - $40
  • Volume 2 (Maps) - $90

The Plan is available to view at Bay of Plenty Regional Council offices, all public libraries throughout the Bay of Plenty and service centres of Bay of Plenty's City and District Councils.

Key Contact

Regional Coastal Environment Plan: Jo Noble extn 9471 or