Licences and regulations

Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014

This bylaw sets out the rules for all craft and people using these waters to ensure their safety.

It is now compulsory to wear a lifejacket when on board a vessel that is 6m or under in length, unless the skipper of that vessel gives you permission not to.

Other requirements:

  • It is compulsory to carry a communication device.
  • It is an offence to be in charge of a vessel if intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
  • It is necessary to improve the management systems for moorings.

In making this bylaw, we have looked to balance the interests of water users with safety considerations.

Navigation Safety Bylaw (PDF 4.8MB)

Copies of the bylaw are available on request through public libraries and service centres.

For all other enquiries, phone us on 09 301 0101.


New regulations for Maritime Transport infringement fees

On 24 November 2015 the government approved the Maritime Transport (Infringement Fees For Offences – Auckland Council Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014) Regulations 2015 (2015/287).

These regulations specify which breaches of the Auckland Council Navigation Bylaw 2014 are infringement offences under the Maritime Transport Act 1994. They also prescribe the infringement fees for those infringement offences.

The regulations come into effect on 25 December 2015.

The Local Government (Infringement Fees for Offences: Auckland Regional Council Navigation Safety Bylaw 2008) Regulations 2009 (SR2009/42) are revoked.

To view the regulations, visit the New Zealand Legislation website.

For all other enquiries, phone us on 09 301 0101.

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