What is the notified marine consent process and how long does it take?
A notified marine consent process is a process where the public are notified of the application for a marine consent so that people can make submissions on the application.
A notified marine consent process involves lodgement, acceptance of the application, public notification, submissions, a hearing, and consideration of the application.
Applications will be publically notified by a notice in daily newspapers in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin; and in a daily newspaper in the region adjacent to where the proposed activity would take place. Applications will also be notified through our website.
The EEZ Act sets out the timeframes for the stages of a notified marine consent.
Read more about the statutory timeframe for processing EEZ applications:
Timeframes for notified marine consent process (pdf, 92kb)
The EPA encourages people who are considering making an application for a marine consent to discuss their proposals with us well in advance of formal lodgement. Early discussions enable us to identify in advance any further information we might require in order to understand what is proposed and what the impacts are likely to be. This helps ensure processing happens in a timely way and within the statutory timeframes.
(To learn more about pre-lodgment, see the FAQ below: ‘What should I do before I lodge a marine consent application?')