Picnic at Mansion House, Kawau Island
What requires a permit?
Events such as weddings, club functions, company Christmas parties, school events or non-profit community events.
Although these are not business activities (which require a concession from DOC), these kinds of events require a permit from DOC if they are held on a reserve which is part of the former Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.
You do not need a permit for family gatherings or recreational activities such as an informal group of people going for a walk together.
Why do I need a permit?
The Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park, not to be confused with the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, was created by the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Act in 1967. In 1984, bylaws were passed under this Act. Although the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park was abolished in 1990, the bylaws are still in force.
The bylaws require anyone planning an organised event in a reserve within the former Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park to get written permission, or a permit, from DOC.
The bylaws only apply to reserves within the former Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park and any other reserve added to the park before it was abolished.
How much will a permit cost?
The Department recovers all costs incurred to process a permit application from applicants regardless of whether the application is approved or declined.
These are standard charges for holding weddings and other events within the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.
- Permit application fee: $100 + GST ($115 GST incl)
- Site fee: $150 + GST ($172.50 GST incl)
- Site fee if you intend to set up a marquee: $300 + GST ($345 GST incl), marquee not included
There may also be additional costs for specific sites, and if you need DOC staff assistance to set up your event.
Applying for a permit
To apply for a permit, start by contacting the Auckland Permissions Team to check whether your event needs a permit and to “book” your intended location, as some locations are extremely popular.
You need to apply in plenty of time to ensure your application can be processed before you want to hold your event. The standard time frame for processing a Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaw permit is up to 10 working days.
Your application must contain all the required information and include the non-refundable application processing fee deposit of $100 + GST.
Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaw permit form
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For enquiries about Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park bylaw permits and wharf licences contact the Auckland Permissions Team firstname.lastname@example.org.