Specified limits permit

A specified limits permit is a safety management system that covers specialised operations or operations that don’t fit under existing Maritime Rules.


A specified limits permit is designed for vessels operating outside normal flows of marine traffic, close to the shore, with a limited scope of operation and within a limited area.

The specified limits plan identifies:

  • the area of operation
  • details about the operation
  • details about vessels and
  • details about personnel

The following operations are eligible for a specified limit permit:

  • Marina workboats
  • Tidal oyster farm workboats
  • Club rescue boats following rowing or sailing activities that operate close to the shore
  • Water sampling for councils
  • Sewage settling ponds
  • Salmon farm workboats
  • Boats used on site for construction projects such as pipelines or jetties

The specified limits permit is not a maritime document.

Getting a specified limits permit

To apply for a specified limits permit, you must complete and send the following to Maritime New Zealand:

  • a specified limits plan providing an overview of your operation and its safety, such as:
    • the nature of your operation
    • its vessels
    • its crew
    • its safety systems (safety procedures)
    You can find information on how to draft a plan in Developing a specified limits plan guidance (below).

    You may like to use the Specified limits plan template (below) as a tool to help you document your plan or to check that you have covered all the requirements. Please note that the template is not intended to be used as an alternative to a plan.

  • a completed Specified limits permit application form (below).


Developing a specified limits plan guidance [PDF: 260kB, 11 pages] Specified limits plan template [PDF: 164kB, 17 pages] Specified limits permit application form [PDF: 124kB, 5 pages]


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If you require any further information about safety management systems, please contact your local Maritime Officer.

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