Proposed moorings and coastal structures rule changes

We're changing the way moorings and coastal structures are managed. The community is invited to make formal submission from 20 June until 27 July 2020.

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What are we changing?

We have reviewed the way moorings are managed with the community and came to the conclusion we could do better. We are introducing a new method of managing moorings in the district by providing for moorings in 11 Mooring Areas, with a requirement that mooring owners within the mooring areas hold a Moorings Licence issued by the Harbourmaster. Mooring Areas are proposed for Mapua, Motueka,Tapu Bay, Stephens Bay, Kaiteriteri, Otuwhero Inlet, Torrent Bay, Boundary Bay, Milnthorpe, and Mangarākau. People can still apply for moorings outside of these areas.

We are also making changes to the way coastal structures and moorings are generally managed, for example, the repair of structures. 

In 2019, we started the discussion with our Tasman Bay/Te Tai o Aorere and Golden Bay/Mohua communities on long-term adaptive planning for sea level rise and coastal hazards.  This project is separate to this current plan change, it will take several years to complete and the community conversation will be ongoing.

What's involved?

To make these changes we have amended the provisions in the regional coastal plan and created a new Bylaw to enable the Harbourmaster to issue and manage the new Mooring licences.

The first step towards making these changes is to make the proposed changes available for the community to consider and to ask for submissions on the proposed changes. Following the call for submissions, there is a call for further submissions (for the Plan Change only) and then the two proposals will be set down for a public hearing and heard at the same time.

How do I make a Submission

You will need to fill out a separate Submission Form for each document as each requires slightly different information. 

Submissions should include your name, address, telephone number and email address and should state if you wish to speak to the Council in support of your submission.

You should note that your submission will be copied and made available to the public after the submission period closes. The Council will contact all submitters (who wish to be heard) to advise the confirmed time, date, and method of the hearing. Hearings for both Plan Change 72 and the Mooring Area Bylaw will be held at the same time.

Submissions may be :

  • Emailed to:  
  • Posted to: Pam Meadows, Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond
  • Delivered to: Pam Meadows, Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Richmond

Further information

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Tania Bray ( or on 03 5438400).

Proposed Moorings and Coastal Structures Plan Change

Proposed Mooring Areas

There are 11 new mooring areas proposed for the district. As long as you have a Mooring Licence issued by the Harbourmaster, you can moor your boat in the Mooring Area as a permitted activity.

The Mooring Licence will contain conditions about the size of boat, type and location, etc.

There are restrictions on who can apply within the Abel Tasman National Park Mooring Areas and at Kaiteriteri.

Moorings already within the areas (with resource consent) can stay there and at some point in time will change over to the new system.

For more information, check out the Draft Bylaw and Section 25.1.1 of the Proposed Plan Change.

More types of moorings, better use of space
Easy removal of abandoned and unwanted structures
Removal of unwanted or unneeded structures
Establishment of public moorings
Consent-free maintenance of wharfs and other structures
Contact details required for owners of permitted structures
Structures required to be kept free of marine pests
Additional public structures on the list of structures not needing consent
Plan change documents

Draft Mooring Areas Bylaw

As part of the proposed changes, a new Bylaw has been drafted.

The Bylaw contains the details about how moorings in Mooring Areas will be allocated and managed.

This is a Bylaw under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 and will work alongside the main Navigation and Safety Bylaw.

The following is proposed:

Who can apply for a Mooring Licence?
Mooring Licence conditions
Management and maintenance of moorings