Purpose of Sounds Foreshore Reserve
In the Marlborough Sounds, the Sounds Foreshore Reserve is:
- a local purpose reserve for sounds foreshore purposes under the Reserves Act 1977, but subject to the Reserves and Other Land Disposal Act 1982
- a strip averaging 20 m above mean high tide mark and covering 900 km of a 1200 km coastline in the Marlborough Sounds
- owned by the Crown on behalf of all New Zealanders and managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The main purpose of the Sounds Foreshore Reserve is to:
- provide public access to the foreshore
- protect existing access across the Sounds Foreshore Reserve for owners of adjoining properties.
The Sounds Foreshore Reserve must also be managed:
- to protect scenic and other features
- in accordance with the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Management strategy and the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park Management Plan 1986.
Authorisations for structures on Sounds Foreshore Reserve
Any “activities” (including building) on public conservation land, including Sounds Foreshore Reserve, must have an authorisation from DOC.
Authorisations may take various forms, such as:
- an easement
- a licence to occupy
- a permit to carry out works.
Authorisations are usually issued under the Conservation Act 1987.
In the case of Sounds Foreshore Reserve, owners of adjoining land may also be granted a licence to occupy for certain structures under the Reserves and Other Lands Disposal Act 1982.
How to get an Authorisation
Due to the complexity of the Sounds Foreshore Reserve authorisations you are strongly advised to have a pre-application meeting with DOC prior to submitting any application.
DOC can advise you on what sort of authorisation you need, supply you with the right application form and show you how to apply. You will be required to pay a processing fee for any application regardless of whether your application is granted or not.
You must contact the Marlborough District Council for any building permit or resource consent requirements.
For an existing structure on your property
You should contact the DOC's Waitohi/Picton office and arrange a pre-application meeting.
For more information or assistance with your Sounds Foreshore Reserve application contact the Waitohi/Picton Office.