The annual mooring licence fees are set to increase next month, although by how much is still to be determined by Auckland Council.
A swing mooring licence currently costs $303, while pile moorings cost $954.50 annually. Purchasing a mooring costs around $3000 depending on its construction and condition.
Kawau Island, Leigh, Omaha, Ti Point and Sandspit are among the nine mooring management areas in Auckland with waiting lists.
The others are Weiti River, Matiatia, Rakino Island and Panmure.
The waiting time varies depending on the length and draft of the boat, but the Auckland Harbourmaster’s office says it can range from a few months to more than 10 years.
The harbourmaster’s office says mooring management areas are checked every three years and illegal moorings are removed when they are found.
“It’s unknown how many illegal mooring there are, but we don’t expect there would many, if any.”
When the Auckland Unitary Plan took effect in 2016, the limit on the maximum number of vessels per mooring zone was removed. If there is space within a mooring zone, the laying of a new mooring may be approved provided that vessels can be moored safely.
Mooring zones north of Wenderholm are at Algies Bay, Buckletons Beach, Dawson Creek, Jamiesons Bay, Kawau Island, Sandspit (Matakana River), Omaha, Leigh, Puhoi River, Scotts Landing, Te Kapa Inlet and Ti Point.
In total, there are 78 mooring management areas in Auckland.