Submissions Open: Coastal Occupation Charges, Moorings and Coastal Structures, and Mooring Area Bylaw

Council is looking at changing the rules for moorings and coastal structures in our District. We need your input to ensure the proposed rules are appropriate for our environment and for users of our coastal areas, including boaties using moorings.  We are also proposing a bylaw to help implement the new rules and to provide some control over moorings, which we currently don’t have.  We’d value your input on the draft bylaw too. 

Council is proposing to provide for moorings within 11 Mooring Areas as permitted activities in the Tasman Resource Management Plan, subject to the mooring owner holding a Mooring Licence issued under this Bylaw by the Harbourmaster. The Moorings Licence will have conditions regarding the location, safety and management of the mooring. This draft bylaw also includes provisions to enable the Harbourmaster to allocate space, issue, vary and review the conditions, re-issue and revoke licences and provide a waitlist for moorings within the Mooring Areas.

We are also proposing not to include a coastal occupation charging regime in our Plan.

Your feedback will help Council decide on the best way forward on the Plan changes and the bylaw. 

You are invited to submit on the following:

Change 71: Coastal Occupation Charges

Coastal occupation charges are a charge that can be made against any person who occupies public space within the coastal marine area. Charges can apply to structures such as wharves, jetties, moorings, marinas, boat ramps, cables, pipes and marine farms; and those activities that are long-term occupations of the coastal marine area. Temporary short term uses of the coastal marine area like fishing, swimming and boating are not considered to be coastal occupations.

Under the Resource Management Act 1991 all Regional Councils are required to either include a coastal occupation charging regime in their regional coastal plan (plan), or include a statement in their plan that no charging regime will be introduced. The purpose of this plan change is solely to meet that requirement in the Act.

Council has made the decisions that in principle a charging regime should be introduced, however due to identified barriers a charging regime will not be introduced at this point in time. The plan change proposes text to that effect.

Change 72: Moorings and Coastal Structures

This Change proposes to introduce new, and amend existing, objectives, policy and rules in the Tasman Resource Management Plan regarding the establishment, use, maintenance and removal of coastal structures in the coastal marine area, and to introduce a new method of providing for moorings within Mooring Areas. 

Mooring Area Bylaw

This Bylaw provides for the management of moorings within mooring areas subject to the mooring owner holding a Mooring Licence. The Bylaw will contain the details on the allocation, conditions of use and other matters of management for the Mooring Licences.

Availability of proposed documents

The proposed amendments are available to view at the Council’s Richmond, Takaka, Motueka offices and libraries. Submission forms are also available in these locations or can be completed electronically.


Submissions need to include a name and address for service or contact address and whether the submitter wishes to speak at the hearing.

Submissions can be posted/delivered to:

  • Environmental Policy, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4/189 Queen Street, Richmond 7050, Attention: Pam Meadows

or emailed to

Submissions close 4.00pm, Monday 27 July 2020

Consideration of submissions to the Plan Changes

After submissions have closed, the Council will publish a summary of all decisions requested by submitters. There will be a further period of 10 working days within which further submissions in support of or opposition to those submissions made may be sent to the Council. The Council will then hold hearings on all submissions and all submitters may be heard. After the Council considers the submissions and makes its decisions, any submitter who is not satisfied with the decision has the right of appeal to the Environment Court.

Consideration of submissions on the Bylaw

Submissions on the bylaw will be heard at the same time as Plan Change 72.

Further Information

For more information or advice on these amendments, please contact Tania Bray, phone 03 543 7277 / email

Operative Plan Change

Proposed Plan Change 69 (Nelson Tasman Land Develoment Manual) has been approved to commence as an Operative Change to the Plan.

Withdrawn Plan Change

Proposed Plan Change 37: Richmond West and South Greenway (notified on 18 August 2012) has been withdrawn. Plan Change 37 proposed a change to the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP). The proposed change would remove the existing indicative reserve status over the stormwater and recreation greenway network in the west and south of Richmond. The greenway network would be re-zoned to Open Space Zone. (The greenway network is essentially the Borck Creek and Poutama drain network from Hill Street to Headingly Lane.)

Update to the Plan

The Tasman Resource Management Plan has been updated to include the above amendments.

For enquiries concerning the update or availability of the printed Plan, please contact Pam Meadows, phone 03 543 8581 / email or one of the Customer Services staff.