To ensure your permit application goes smoothly we offer a free pre-application meeting.

Benefits of meeting

If you require a permit from DOC our pre-application meeting can save you time and money. The benefits include:

  • we will advise you if your application is unlikely to be successful
  • if your proposal is possible you will have all the information you need to know to make a successful application
  • talking to us early will save going back and forth during the application process
  • the meeting is free for up to half a day.

If you have a particularly complex proposal and your pre-application meeting takes more than half a day we may recover some of the costs of providing this advice.

What the meeting will cover

We’ll let you know:

  • what type of permit you need to apply for
  • what the process will be, the costs, how long it is likely to take and what your responsibilities are
  • what is required from your Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), safety plan (if required), and your insurance responsibilities
  • how to contact the local iwi to assess whether your proposed activity is likely to have any cultural effects
  • how to check the relevant conservation management strategies and legislation to see how it may affect your proposal.

We can provide you with an example of the type of contract you will be offered if your application is approved, or see the standard concession contracts below.

Standard concession contracts

We recommend you check the standard concession contract for your activity before you make an application so you know what to expect and what will be expected of you. If the contract you need is not listed here we can provide you with one in your pre-application meeting.

Conservation management strategies and legislation

To issue a permit to use public conservation land the proposed activity must:

  • comply with the purpose for which the land is held under the legislation (eg Conservation Act, Reserves Act, National Parks Act)
  • be consistent with conservation management strategies, conservation management plans and national park management plans.

Your application will be reviewed against these documents and legislation. See conservation management strategies and plans or New Zealand Legislation for more information.

Contact us to arrange a meeting

If your application is for a one-off concession (required for a period of no longer than three months) you can request your pre-application meeting with a staff member from your local DOC office.

If your application is for a longer period see permit contacts for the best office to contact.

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