All swing and pole moorings within the Waikato coastal marine area and inland waterways are classified as structures and require resource consent from Waikato Regional Council.
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Any new mooring in the Waikato region will require resource consent. First you'll need to contact your local harbourmaster to discuss site availability. You'll then need to complete the appropriate resource consent application forms (depending on whether your mooring is in a zoned area or not) and send them to Waikato Regional Council for processing before installing a new mooring.
Waikato Regional Council must grant resource consent for mooring applications in a zoned mooring area (provided the relevant terms and conditions are met). Consent may or may not be granted for an outside of zoned mooring area mooring application.
All negotiations for the sale of moorings are between the mooring consent holder and the purchaser.
The mooring consent must be transferred into the new owner’s name. Both parties need to complete and sign the transfer form and it must be assessed by the local harbourmaster to ensure the mooring is suitable for the proposed vessel.
Please note not all areas allow for transfers, check with the local harbourmaster first.
You can apply to change the conditions of a mooring resource consent, for example if you intend to moor a larger vessel. You cannot change the resource consent duration.
You will need to complete a change of mooring consent application form and have this assessed by the local harbourmaster. Once this has been assessed by the harbourmaster the change to mooring consent application forms will need to be sent to Waikato Regional Council for processing.
If you no longer require your mooring and its consent you should complete a surrender form and forward to Waikato Regional Council for processing. You must remove the mooring structure from the coastal marine area.
Please make sure you're aware of all the costs involved with applying for and holding a mooring consent. We've given you some cost indications below, but you can find out more about consent costs, here.
Note: all prices below are GST inclusive.
Consent application/renewal fee (inside a zoned mooring area).
A new consent will be valid for approximately 15 years.
|Consent application/renewal fee (outside a zoned mooring area)||
$1000 initial deposit
You will be charged for all actual and reasonable costs associated with processing the application. Your deposit will offset these costs.
|Annual charge & navigation safety fee||$221.38|
|Change to consent||$172.50|
|Transfer of ownership||$103.50|
|Surrender of consent||No charge|
|Triennial mooring inspection costs||Remain between mooring consent holder and the mooring inspection contractor.|
Waikato Regional Council provides a listing service for consented moorings located in the Waikato Region.
Click here if you'd like to browse the listings, or ask us to list your mooring.
Waikato Regional Council has a number of visitor moorings which can be used for short-term rental.
Contact your local harbourmaster for information and rental fees.
The marine pest fanworm (Sabella) has been discovered in the Waikato region. All boaties are required to take extra care to help reduce the spread. Learn more about Sabella and what you can do to help.(external link)
For more information contact your local harbourmaster or freephone Waikato Regional Council on 0800 800 401.