Permitted marine structures

These are structures constructed or placed on the seabed, during or for the purpose of carrying out, a permitted activity.

Permitted marine structures are regulated under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects - Permitted Activities) Regulation 2013.

Sticking to the rules

Under regulation 6 maintenance and repair of permitted marine structures are permitted activities and you don't need our approval to carry out this work.

Work to alter, extend or remove a permitted marine structure is also a permitted activity under regulation 6, as long as you comply with certain conditions. These include pre- and post- activity requirements.

Pre-activity requirements

Your pre-activity requirements are set out in Schedule 1 of the regulations. These includes notifying the EPA and iwi, no later than 40 days and 25 days respectively, before activity commences. We will provide you with a list of iwi to contact, and you must report back to us on your contact with iwi no later than five days before activity commences. 

Post-activity requirements

Your post-activity requirements are set out in Schedule 4 of the regulations. These include reporting on the activity to us within 60 days of completion.

To find out more about the requirements visit the Legislation New Zealand website and search for the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects - Permitted Activities) Regulation 2013. A link to the website is provided at the bottom of this page.

Forms and submissions

All forms you need to comply with your notification and reporting requirements are found in the Permitted Activities Regulation 2013. You can find these on the New Zealand Legislation webpage, which is owned and updated by the Parliamentary Counsel Office. A link to the website is provided at the bottom of this page.

We prefer all forms to be submitted electronically. Your email must include:

  • your forms
  • the details of the person undertaking the activity ('the operator')
  • the name of the person supplying the completed form(s), and
  • a statement that the person is authorised to supply the form on behalf of the operator.

Email the forms and reports to permitted.compliance@epa.govt.nz

If you prefer to submit your forms and reports by mail, send them to:

Environmental Protection Authority, Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140.