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Corridor Access Requests (CARs) and Work Access Permits (WAPs)

Thinking about making adjustments to your property that could potentially impact on motorists and/or pedestrians? Do you need to build a fence, gate, driveway entrance or drain on your property that requires modifying a road or a footpath? Regardless of where you live in the Wairoa District, rural or urban, you will need a permit to carry out this sort of work.

Wairoa residents are urged to note that any work on your property, if it affects the access to a roadway reserve in any way, cannot begin until a Works Access Permit is issued by Council.

All conditions issued by Council must be complied with.

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. Working in the road reserve includes such things as:

  • a driveway - construction or reconstruction, installing culverts
  • drainage work - stormwater, wastewater or water pipes
  • services - power, cables, trenches, cabinets, poles
  • planting a tree
  • Installing a gate/cattlestop
  • Traffic management
  • Felling trees

How to submit a request

The preferred method is an online application, but other methods are also accepted (see below).

  1. There are two websites you can use to submit your request. Register and follow the instructions on the site.


    All relevant supporting information will need to be submitted via these websites i.e. Traffic Management Plans, site plans, construction drawings etc.

  2. Online submission - fill in the application 'Corridor Access Request' at the bottom of this page.

  3. Download, print, fill in and submit the application 'Corridor Access Request'. Please download the form from our 'Forms page'.
    Submit via e-mail, at the Council offices on Queen Street or post to:


    Wairoa District Council
    Operations Engineer – Roads
    PO Box 54
    Wairoa 4160

    You must provide a site plan showing the location and construction details. This method does take longer to process.

    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.
  • Fee for Corridor Access Requests $180+GST (plus potentially other charges for inspection time)

For further information in relation to cattlestops/gates, specifications for upgrading driveways, or other details, please visit the Wairoa District Council website or call Council’s office for a friendly discussion.

Corridor Access Request (CAR)

Follow this link if the form fails to load. online form.


+64 6 838 7309

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