IntroductionTo graze any animal on public conservation land you must have a concession from DOC.
Applications over the holiday period
We will stop working on permit and concession applications from 20 December 2023 and restart on 11 January 2024 due to our statutory close-down period. DOC offices will close on 22 December 2023 and reopen on 3 January 2024.
Find out what concession you will need and how to apply for one below.
We’ll help you to:
- Understand the concession you will need to apply for.
- Navigate our statutory planning documents, so you can consider whether the activity you wish to undertake is consistent with them.
- Understand DOC’s responsibility to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, which requires consultation with Treaty Partners on most applications. If you wish, DOC can help you contact the local iwi, hapū, and whānau to assess whether your proposed activity will have any cultural effects. Often this consultation can enhance the activity you are considering.
Type of concession
There is only one type of concession you are likely to need to graze your animals on public conservation land: Longer term concession – for grazing required in an area for a period of longer than three months.
- Fill in the applicant information form 1a – notified or non-notified process (PDF, 196K) or (Word, 372K).
- Fill in the concession application form 2a (grazing) (PDF, 132K) or (Word, 351K).
- Email the forms along with the relevant documents requested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identify the name and status of the public conservation land you wish to use by checking DOC maps.
If your application is approved we will send you a contract which you must sign and return before proceeding with your activity.
If your proposed activity has to be notified to the public because there are likely to be significant environmental effects over the duration of your activity, this will impact your application processing time.
We will invoice you once we have processed your application. The processing fee for a standard application is likely to be $2065 plus GST ($2374.75 including GST). If your application is assessed as complex, covers multiple regions, or includes more than 20 individual locations, this fee is likely to be higher. We will send you an estimate of costs once we have received your application.
If your proposed activity has to be notified to the public because there are likely to be significant environmental effects over the duration of your activity your fee will include the cost of public notification and hearings. We will provide an estimate of the likely application processing time and cost when your application is received.
You will be required to pay ongoing concession and activity fees.
For more information or assistance with your concession contact the nearest of these DOC offices.