Road reserve or 'road corridor' includes the road carriageway, footpath, berm and grassed area.
It's the area from boundary to boundary - usually the front fence of a property boundary across the road to the opposite property front boundary.
Council owns the road corridor - you need approval to carry out any work within road reserve. Any work that involves digging the ground, such as:
- a driveway - construction or reconstruction, installing culverts
- drainage work - stormwater, wastewater or water pipes
- services - gas, power, cables, trenches, cabinets, poles
- planting a tree
For information about fences that bound private property and road reserve
Approval to dig in the road corridor (road reserve)
First check the location of underground pipes and cables before you dig - see utility services page
How to submit a request
The preferred method is an online application, approval is quicker and there's no fee.
There are 2 websites you can use to submit your request. Register and follow the instructions on the site.
Or you can fill in the application 'Corridor Access Request'. You must provide a site plan showing the location and construction details. This method does take longer to process.
Corridor Access Request (163kb)
The declaration on the form refers to requirements of the utilities code.
Visit NZ Utilities Advisory Group website for the code
What happens to your application
Once you submit your application, allow 20 working days for processing.
- You cannot start the work until you have approval of your application.
- Any obstructions to the work such as trees, stormwater drains or power poles, in liaison with the asset owners - are to be removed or relocated at the property owner's expense.
Council has a policy on cattle stops.
Written permission is required to erect a swing gate or a cattle stop across any public road.