What you need to do before you apply for permission (a concession) to set up and run a commercial business or non-profit activity, occupy land or build structures on conservation land.
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Zodiac cruising the Snares Islands,
south of Stewart Island/Rakiura
If you are interested in applying for a concession you should start by discussing your proposal with permissions team in the DOC office closest to where you are planning to operate. View DOC's permissions contacts.
At the meeting you can talk through your plans with a DOC staff member and they will provide advice and give you all the information and material you need to complete a quality application. You will gain a clear understanding of:
- Whether or not a concession is required
- The application process, cost recovery regime, credit policy and processing timeframes, including your responsibilities
- The type of application process and concession likely to best suit your proposed operation
- All the requirements for a concession application including your responsibilities relating to the environmental impact assessment (EIA), safety plan (if required), insurance and contact with iwi
- The statutory planning framework (conservation management plans and strategies) and how it may affect your proposal
- Whether your proposal is very unlikely to be approved, to help you save time and money.
The consultation is free for up to half a day of staff time. If you have a particularly complex proposal and discussions are extensive, DOC may recover some of the costs of providing this advice.
For a concession to be granted it must:
- Comply with the purpose for which the land is held under legislation eg historic reserve, nature reserve, national park
- Not be inconsistent with statutory plans - conservation management strategies, conservation management plans, national park management plans.
Before you apply for a concession you should check the relevant planning documents for the area you want to carry out your activity to see if it is likely to be approved. Most management strategies and plans are available on this website:
You can also check the relevant legislation (Conservation Act 1987, Reserves Act 1977, National Parks Act 1980) on www.legislation.govt.nz
You can discuss these matters at your pre-application meeting with DOC staff.
As part of your application, you will need to provide an environmental impact assessment (EIA) identifying and describing all the actual and potential environmental effects of your proposed activity, including cumulative effects. It must also include what you plan to do to avoid or minimise any negative effects. The level of detail required in your EIA will depend on the size and complexity of your activity.
This is a very important part of your application and must be done thoroughly. If you do not provide an EIA your application will be rejected. View a guide to help you prepare your EIA. You can also discuss this with DOC staff at your pre-application meeting.
It is recommended that you contact relevant iwi to discuss your proposal and assess any cultural effects as soon as practicable. Your local DOC office can tell you whether you need to talk to iwi and if so who to contact. You can use your pre-application meeting to find out this information.
If your concession is granted you will be offered a standard contract relevant to your particular activity, including standard and special conditions, along with any site specific special conditions required to manage the effects of your particular activity.
It is recommended that you check the standard concession contract relevant to your activity so you know what to expect and what will be expected of you if you are granted a concession. If the contract you need is not listed here contact your your local concessions staff for information.
Conforming permit (PDF, 196K)
This contract is for Conforming guiding Concessions only, for up to 5 years - see Conforming criteria in processes.
Guiding permit (PDF, 215K)
This contract is for all commercial guiding activities such as walking, kayaking, cycling, caving for up to 10 years.
Grazing Licence (PDF, 131K)
This contract is for grazing for up to 30 years .
Easement (PDF, 212K)
This is for easements (eg. right of way, pipelines, electricity lines etc.) for up to 30 years.
Guiding Licence (PDF, 215K)
A standard guiding licence to deal with issues of a term longer than 10 years.
One-off filming (PDF, 79K)
For one-off permits for low impact filming - see One-off criteria in processes.
One-off aircraft landing (PDF, 71K)
For one-off aircraft landing permits – see One-off criteria in processes.
General Permit (PDF, 216K)
For non-notified activities for up to 10 years which don't require structures to be built, including One-offs for activities other than filming and landing.
General Licence (PDF, 216K)
For non-notified licences under 10 years and publicly notified licences up to 30 years.
Lease Agreement (PDF, 193K)
For leases, which provide for sole occupation of the land.
Lease and Licence (PDF, 215K)
This document can be used where the activity involves some land where exclusive occupation is required and some land which the public can still enter.
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