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Commercial vessel licences

Licences are required for commercial vessel operators, and must be renewed by 31 October each year.

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Unlicensed operators are liable to an instant fine or prosecution upon discovery.

To request more information or to discuss a proposed operation: 


Guide to Boating and Water Sports in Tasman District (pdf, 2.2 MB) (pdf, 3.3 MB)


Application or Renewal of Commercial Vessel Operation Licence (pdf, 56 KB) (pdf, 53 KB)



Do I need a licence?
Tasman district regulatory requirements

This bylaw covers all navigable waterways in the Tasman District and is aimed at ensuring the safety of users on these waterways including rivers and lakes. It sets out safe practices for people using these waterways for water skiing, swimming, boating, kayaking or other water activities safely, by seeking to reduce the conflicts between different activities.

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Charges from 1 July 2019 including GST

Application Fee

Payable on initial application and in addition to the annual fee:

(plus reimbursement for any reasonable and necessary additional costs incurred by Council in assessing an application, e.g. evaluation of seaworthiness, qualifications and experience).




Annual Fee

For each multiple of either one power-driven vessel or up to a total of 15 kayaks, rafts, waka or similar vessels that are not power-driven with greater than 10hpw.



Late Payment Fee
Additional 20%


Summary of national regulatory requirements

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