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What are the two processes for a marine consent?

Read the guidance document for operators on how to seek a marine consent (PDF, 447 kb)

Apply for a marine consent (Word document, 430 kb)

Apply for a marine consent (pdf, 235kb)

Apply for a marine discharge consent (pdf, 211kb)


Non-notified marine consents

Exploration drilling for for oil and gas has been classified in regulations as “non-notified”.  This means that, while a marine consent is required, the application will not be publicly notified and submissions are not sought. 

See the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects - Non-notified Activities) Regulations 2014.

Applicants are still required to identify existing interest holders who may be affected by the proposed activity. The applicant is required to describe the potential effects on those interest holders and any consultation they have undertaken with them.

If the EPA considers they may be affected by the application, it is required to serve copies of the application on:

  • iwi authorities
  • customary marine title groups
  • protected customary rights groups.

If the EPA considers it appropriate, it may serve a copy of the application on:

  • Ministers with responsibilities that may be affected by the activity for which consent is sought
  • Maritime New Zealand
  • other people the EPA considers have existing interests that may be affected by the application
  • regional councils whose regions may be affected by the application.

The standard timeframe from lodgement to releasing a decision on a non-notified application is 60 working days. The EPA has the discretion to extend timeframes by up to double those specified in the EEZ Act, or longer if the applicant agrees.

Statutory timeframe for a non-notified application (pdf, 33 kb)  

Notified marine consents

Notified applications are publicly notified. The public are able to make submissions on the application and can choose to present their submission to the decision-making committee.

Have a say on a current application.

The standard timeframe from lodgement to releasing a decision for a notified application is 140 working days (six months). The EPA has the discretion to extend timeframes by up to double those specified in the EEZ Act, or longer if the applicant agrees.

Statutory timeframe for a publicly notified application (pdf, 52 kb)

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