Information for developers on the Marine & Coastal Area Act

Resource consents in the marine & coastal area

The Act creates special rules for people applying for resource consent in areas where customary interests are, or might be, recognised. This information will be useful if you are interested in applying for resource consent in the common marine and coastal area.

Existing resource consents are protected under the Marine & Coastal Area Act

The Resource Management Act 1991 still applies to the marine and coastal area and local authorities will continue to grant resource consents. Current resource consents, leases and other proprietary interests will be protected until their expiry.

Developers’ duties to customary marine title applicant groups

If you are applying for resource consent in the common marine and coastal area you need to notify and seek the views of any group that has applied for recognition of customary marine title in the area.

See a list of current applications

Developers’ duties to customary marine title groups

If you are applying for resource consent in an area where customary marine title has been recognised, you need the written permission of the customary marine title group.

There are exceptions to this requirement in sections 64(2)(a)–(h) of the Act.

Find out about when you don’t need written permission from the customary marine title group (external link)

No customary marine title determinations have been made under the Act so far. This website will be updated when this changes.

Developers’ duties to protected customary rights groups

If you are applying for resource consent in an area where a group exercises protected customary rights, the consent will not be granted if the activity will have more than minor adverse effects on the rights unless you have the permission of the protected customary rights group.

There are exceptions to this requirement in section 55(3) of the Act.

Find out when you don’t need permission from the protected customary rights group (external link)

No protected customary rights determinations have been made under the Act so far. This website will be updated when this changes.

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