If you are an eligible applicant you can apply for various property interests in reclaimed coastal land, ranging from freehold title to interests such as a lease, licence, or an easement.
Coastal reclaimed land is land that was formerly below the line of high tide but is now above this line because of reclamation work. This land can include port developments, airport runway extensions, and marinas. Reclaimed land does not include land that forms because of natural processes, or structures such as breakwaters or sea walls.
An eligible applicant can be:
- The developer of the reclaimed land, who is the person who holds the resource consent for the reclamation – in other words, the land that has been, is being, or will be formed by the reclamation.
- A network utility operator who may apply for an interest in reclaimed land where they require a lesser interest. For example, they may apply for an easement in an area of reclaimed land for their network utility operation.
- Anyone else if the reclaimed land has been subject to the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011 for more than 10 years (from 1 April 2021 onwards), no interest has been granted in the reclaimed land and there is no current application awaiting the Minister’s determination. You will need to contact us to discuss the specific requirements before you apply.
Guide for eligible applicants
Use this guide to apply for an interest in reclaimed land.