Marine consents in the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf

We are responsible for managing the effects of particular marine activities in our offshore waters.

The Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf is a mapped area of ocean that starts 12 nautical miles out from New Zealand's coast. It is one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones in the world, 20 times the size of our land mass. We regulate mining, discharge and dumping activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Continental Shelf.  

Process for marine consents

If you would like to undertake a specified offshore activity, there are procedures and processes to follow.

Marine consent conditions

You can apply to change or cancel conditions of your marine consent.