Discretionary pastoral activities

Find out what activities need the consent of the Commissioner of Crown Lands, and how to apply for consent.

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Pastoral lessees need the consent of the Commissioner of Crown Lands before carrying out various activities on the land.

The table below lists the activities which need the Commissioner’s consent. If you have any questions about whether a proposed activity requires consent, or you are unsure what sort of information you need to provide, please email pastoral@linz.govt.nz.

Under the Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill, a new consents regime will come into effect. 

Consent for minor activities

The Commissioner has granted consent to all pastoral lessees to undertake "minor activities” such as those only requiring a handheld shovel or spade. This consent also extends to activities undertaken within a fenced in area around the homestead located on the pastoral lease, such as tree felling or sowing seed.

You can view a copy of this consent:

Activities requiring the Commissioner’s consent, and relevant request form

Activity Download Form
To clear or fell any bush or scrub on the land
Refer to pages 1-3 and 8-11
To crop, cultivate, drain or plough any part of the land
Refer to pages 1-3 and 12-15
To top-dress and/or sow seed
Refer to pages 1-3 and 16-19
To plant any tree or trees on the land
Refer to pages 1-3 and 20-23
To form any path, road or track on the land
Refer to pages 1-3 and 24-28
To undertake any other activity affecting, involving, or causing disturbance to the soil Refer to pages 1-3 and 29-32
To grant, vary or revoke an exemption from any stock limitation Refer to pages 1-3 and 33-38
To fell, sell, remove, destroy or burn timber or bush Refer to pages 1-3 and 39-44
To burn vegetation Refer to pages 1-3 and 4-7
To apply for a recreation permit
To apply for a recreation permit to film
To apply for an easement
To transfer a lease or licence (shares in a limited liability company)
To transfer a lease or licence (excluding the transfer of shares in a limited liability company)
To sublease or sublicence

Application Fees

All amounts are GST inclusive and payable upon application.

These charges relate to the preparation and registration of documents by the Commissioner of Crown Lands.

Please make payment to 03-0049-0002402-18, using the applicant’s name and the application type as a reference. You will be asked to provide proof of payment when your application is received.

Application / Request Amount
An instrument under section 60 granting or reserving a right of way or other easement over or under Crown land $165
A recreation permit under section 66A $112.50
A consent under section 89, ie a transfer, sublease or sublicence $112.50
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