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A permit is required off council for any work or activity undertaken in the road reserve. A permit is also required for any overweight machinery that needs to be transported over WDC roading network. A permit is a legal document giving you permission to carry out the function you are requesting.

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
Vehicle Crossing

Example of a best practice example vehicle crossing for forestry & farming on Cricklewood Rd


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
    Apply Online

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


    Wairoa District Council
    Transport Asset Manager
    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 $183.60+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.


Overweight Permit for local roads

Vehicles travelling on New Zealand roads must be within the national weight limit (referred to as Class 1 weight limits). Sometimes heavier vehicles need to use the road and in these cases an Overweight Permit must be applied for. The load that these vehicles are carrying must be indivisible.

How to submit a request

The preferred method is an online application, but other methods are also accepted.

  1. Online submission
    Apply online

  2. Download, print, fill in and submit the application 'Overweight Permit Local Roads'. Please download the form below.
    Submit via e-mail, at the Council offices on Queen Street or post to:


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

Information Sheets - Overweight Permit applications

Please refer to the 'Notes for Applicants' for an explanation of the terms used in the application form.

Please download and attach the 'Extra Axle Data Sheet' to the online application if more than 6 axles is required.

50MAX routes and permits

50MAX gives freight operators an option to carry increased payloads on parts of the network that, while economically important to New Zealand, are unable to carry high productivity motor vehicles (HPMVs). You will have to apply for a 50MAX permit from the NZTA.

50MAX Restricted Bridges

This map shows the locations of the 50 max. restricted bridges within the Wairoa District.

Bridges with weight restrictions

Application Forms

Application for a Vehicle Crossing
Application to Erect Gate/Cattlestop Across Road Reserve

Application to Erect Gate/Cattlestop Across Road Reserve

Completion of Maintenance Notice
Corridor Access Request (CAR) for Roads
Form of Indemnity
Overweight Permit for Local Roads

Overweight Permit for Local Roads

Standard Letter advising Utility Works
Works Completion Notice


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309


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