Corridor Access Requests
Ngā Tono Whakapai Kauhanga Rori
If you’re planning an activity or project within the road corridor that:
- Creates alterations to the surface, underground or any part of the road corridor, or
- Changes the usual way that pedestrians, motorists and cyclists would ordinarily use that section of the road corridor,
then you’ll need to submit a Corridor Access Request (CAR).
This includes filming, storing materials, placing skips, excavating, resurfacing, installing signs, drone use, tree felling, events, erecting scaffolding, extending a driveway and more. If you’re not sure if your activity needs a CAR, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know.
Any excavation or works planned in the road reserve (the transport corridor) will need pre-approval from us before work can start. This might be things like:
- Excavating for utility repairs or installation
- Temporarily closing a road to traffic for an event
- Creating a new driveway
You can lodge your Corridor Access Requests (CARs) using:
Council requires a minimum of 15 working days’ notice for applications to be processed.
Sometimes there will be things that don’t need excavation but still need permission from Council. This is because some sections of the road need to be blocked off to make sure it’s safe. This might be things like:
- Building maintenance
- Cycling events
- Fireworks and
You can find our CAR fees on our Fees and Charges page, under Existing Transport.
Council needs a minimum of 5 working days notice for applications to be processed and more than 42 days for road closures.
The CAR Process
There are 6 stages to the CAR Process:
To work in road reserves you will need to apply for a Corridor Access Request (CAR). Applications are normally done through BeforeUDig, Corridor Access or Submitica. A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) will be uploaded with your application along with all the supporting documents.
After you have applied for a CAR, the information is appraised and processing starts. Approvals are sought and conditions are set relating to the activity.
The CAR and work conditions are forwarded to the Corridor Manager for review and approval.
If Council accepts the application, a Works Access Permit (WAP) is approved. You will get an email to let you know it has been approved. Your approved WAP, TMP and conditions will be attached to this email.
Once you’ve finished the work, you will need to let us know and complete a Works Completion Notice (A9 Form).
As part of the conditions for the work, you have to fix any problems found in your completed work for 24 months. Warranty begins after the Practical Completion has been signed off.
Anyone working within the council’s Transport Corridor, including work on berms and footpaths. State Highways are controlled separately by the NZTA.
WAPs are needed for various reasons including: protecting council assets, protecting other utility assets that are located within the councils’ road reserves, improving the safety of motorists, improving the safety of those working in the road reserve and co-ordinating work in the road reserve to reduce conflicts.
If you do not have a WAP you will be asked to stop work and restrictions to your future network access may be implemented/enforced.
You will need to include a Traffic Management Plan (TMP), Full scope of Works (A3 Form), consents, plans or photos.
If all the information in your application is adequate, your WAP will be approved within 15 working days.