Navigation Bylaw

Closed 1 Oct 2023

Opened 15 Jun 2023

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The Marlborough District Council (Council) is proposing to replace its 2009 Navigation Bylaw.

Under the Maritime Transport Act 1994 (MTA), the Council has the authority to regulate ports, harbours, waters and maritime-related activities in the Marlborough region.

Under section 33M of the MTA, the Council has the power to make bylaws for the purpose of ensuring maritime safety in the region.

In 2010 the Council adopted the Navigation Bylaw 2009 which covered all areas in Marlborough within the specified harbour limits. That bylaw came into force on 1 July 2010.

Our Proposal

We are proposing that we replace the Navigation Bylaw 2009 with the
Proposed Draft Bylaw (PDF,2.6MB)

We want to replace the Navigation Bylaw 2009 to maintain a similar bylaw to the 2009 Bylaw, but with minor amendments to address key issues (ahead of a broader review process) and improve the clarity of the Bylaw.

Have your say

The views of people who live, work and play in Marlborough are important.

Council would like your feedback on the proposed changes and proposed new bylaws.

Anyone can make a submission. Your submission can support or oppose the proposals.

What happens next

If you have indicated on your submission form that you would like to make a verbal submission we will contact you to arrange a time for you to speak. The hearing on submissions will be in October 2023.

Timeline for the review

Action Date
Submissions on the proposed Bylaws and Statement of Proposal are open 15 June 2023
Submissions close 1 October 2023
Hearings before Council Hearing Committee October 2023
Council resolution revoking, continuing, amending or replacing bylaws On a date to be determined by Council
Reviewed bylaws come into force On a date to be determined by Council

Where can I get more information?

Copies of the current Bylaw, the proposed bylaw and this Statement of Proposal can be viewed:
• on Council’s website at;
• at Council Offices at 15 Seymour Street, Blenheim or 67 High Street, Picton;
• at Council’s libraries in Blenheim (33 Arthur Street) or Picton (67 HighStreet);
• by calling Council on 03 520 7400
• by emailing and asking for a copy to be sent to you.