Introduction

Information for when the activity you would like to conduct on public conservation land does not fall into any of the other categories in this section.

Other categories in this section that might apply to you:

If these don't apply to you, find out what concession you'll need and how to apply for one below.

Pre-application meeting

Applying for a concession for the first time can be a little tricky. To ensure your application goes smoothly we offer a free pre-application meeting. We’ll also help you contact the local iwi to assess whether your proposed activity will have any cultural effects.

Type of concession

Depending on what you want to do and when and how you want to do it, you will either need a one-off concession or a longer term concession.

    • One-off concession – for activities held for a period of no longer than three months.

      As well as complying with all relevant legislation and conservation plans or strategies your planned activity must:
      • have only minor environmental effects that can easily be managed
      • have clearly defined limits (ie number of landings)
      • not involve permanent structures
      • not take place in the same location more than once in any three year period.
  • Longer term concession – for activities held over a period of longer than three months.

Your DOC advisor will advise you what concession you will need in your pre-application meeting.

Apply for your concession

Follow the relevant process below for your activity.

One-off activity

Identify the name and status of the public conservation land you wish to use by checking DOC maps.

We will invoice you once we have processed your application. Your fee is likely to be $130 plus GST ($146.50 including GST). Your application should be processed within five working days of receipt. The timeframe may be longer where iwi consultation is required.

If your application is approved we will send you a contract which you must sign and return before proceeding with your activity.

You will also be required to pay ongoing concession fees.

Longer term activity

Identify the name and status of the public conservation land you wish to use by checking DOC maps.

We will invoice you once we have processed your application. The processing fee for a standard application is likely to be $2065 plus GST ($2374.75 including GST). If your application is assessed as complex, covers multiple regions, or includes more than 20 individual locations, this fee is likely to be higher. We will send you an estimate of costs once we have received your application.

Your application should be processed within 45 working days of receipt for simple applications (up to 65 working days for complex applications).

If your proposed activity has to be notified to the public because there are likely to be significant environmental affects over the duration of your activity your fee will include the cost of public notification and hearings. We will invoice you once we have processed your application. If the application is particularly complex then further costs may be charged above the estimated fee.

If your application is approved we will send you a contract which you must sign and return before proceeding with your activity.

Ongoing fees

If you are operating a longer term activity you will also be required to pay ongoing concession fees and activity fees.

If the activity fees for your concession are not covered below your fee will be based on a percentage of your revenue. See percentage of revenue activity fee for more information. 

Application requirements

As part of your application you may need an independently audited safety plan and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Your DOC advisor can talk to you about what is required in your pre-application meeting. 

Contact us

For more information or assistance with your activity concession contact the nearest of these DOC offices.


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