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Ture ā-Rohe Mahi Urungi Āhuru 2014

Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014

The Navigation Safety Bylaw sets out the rules for all vessels and people using Auckland's waters to ensure their safety.

You should know

 We are reviewing this bylaw to make sure it meets the needs of Aucklanders, now and in the future.

Find out about the proposed changes to the bylaw and give feedback

We will let you know of the outcome when the review is finished.

​What the Navigation Safety Bylaw does

The bylaw:

  • makes wearing a lifejacket compulsory when on board a vessel that is up to 6m long, unless the person in charge of that vessel gives you permission not to
  • makes it compulsory to carry a communication device
  • prohibits being in charge of a vessel if you are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • specifies requirements around flotation devices
  • specifies requirements around certain water activities, including water skiing, diving, swimming and using recreational vessels
  • specifies navigation safety and operating requirements, including licensing and permits, and restricted areas
  • specifies requirements for large vessels and hazardous cargo.

Get a copy of the Navigation Safety Bylaw