Waterfront land e-tool

The Waterfront land e-tool is an interactive web-based tool that aims to help applicants and consultants determine the definition of waterfront land under the controlled activity provisions of the Water Management Act 2000.

For more information, see the Waterfront land e-tool–frequently asked questions fact sheet.


The tool identifies waterfront land based on three key factors:

  • the presence of defined bed and banks
  • evidence of flow and geomorphic features (whether water is present or not)
  • the presence of aquatic/riparian vegetation.

The waterfront land e-tool can be used in conjunction with the PDF version ((PDF 3.9 MB)) of the tool.

The PDF version of the waterfront land tool is designed as a field guide for applicants and consultants to support field-based investigations and assessments.

Please refer to the disclaimer on the e-tool and PDF version for the proper use of the tool.

Access the Waterfront land e-tool

Download the PDF version of the Waterfront land tool ((PDF 3.9 MB))