Stock Underpass Policy


1.0 Purpose

This policy details the approach taken by Timaru District Council for managing the installation and operation of Stock Underpasses, while maintaining the quality and safety of the Timaru District roading network.

2.0 Background

Timaru District Council is responsible for all roads within the District, except State Highways. Part of the Council’s role is ensuring user safety and that any objects / hazards placed on road reserves, or work carried out either on road reserves or private property is done so in a safe manner as to not affect road users.

Timaru District Council encourages the installation of stock underpasses on the District’s roads. A stock underpass is a structure within a public road reserve. There are roles and responsibilities to be defined and minimum construction and maintenance requirements that must be met.

Stock underpasses have a road safety benefit through the separation of stock and vehicles. In recognition of this some funding assistance is available from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

3.0 Key Definitions

  • Clear-zone An area extending from the edge of the travelled road lane that is free of hazards and obstacles that allows errant vehicles to traverse this area with minimum damage to itself and its occupants.
  • Council The Timaru District Council or any officer of the Timaru District Council delegated by the Council to take action in relation to any particular law and / or bylaw, or to undertake the duties of a Council Officer under the law or bylaw, and any person appointed especially / generally by the Council to enforce the provisions of this law / bylaw.
  • Funding Assistance Previously referred to as “Subsidy” or “Financial Assistance”. This shall mean the government funding assistance from National Land Transport Programme allocated by New Zealand Transport Agency for activities.
  • Hazard A-hazard may be one of many forms, for example, dirt or debris, structures on road sides, or vegetation hazards.
  • Road This is the designated Council road and has the meaning assigned to it as defined in the Local Government Act 1974.
  • Stock Underpass A stock underpass is a structure allowing the passage of livestock beneath the road.

Unless specifically defined in this policy, all words and expressions shall have the meaning as defined in the Local Government Act 1974 and 2002, the Land Transport Act 1998, and any Acts passed in amendment or substitution thereof.

4.0 Policy 

  1. Stock underpasses that are installed under Council roads require specific approval (Services Consent) from Council.
  2. An approval for Licence to Occupy, Deed of Grant or lease for the structure occupation of the road reserve is required prior to construction of the stock underpass.
  3. Stock underpasses shall be constructed under the entire road reserve boundary, with the structure entrances within private property, unless specific approval is granted by Council.
  4. In special circumstances where the stock underpass entrances are located within the road reserve and the required roadside clear-zone cannot be met, protection measures such as barriers shall be installed.
  5. All construction shall have required resource and building consents.
  6. The stock underpass structure, including fencing is the responsibility of the adjacent land owner and all maintenance, inspections, reports, and renewal shall be at the owner’s expense.
  7. Structure inspection reports are required to be submitted to Council or specified in the approved road occupation agreement.
  8. Funding assistance is available to the private landowner in accordance with NZTA Funding and Policy Manual that allows a maximum funding assistance of up to 25% of the gross cost, plus an additional 5% of the gross cost of the underpass, subject to available funds. The stock underpass owner shall fund the remaining difference of the cost.
  9. In special circumstances, Council may agree to manage the construction of an underpass subject to a signed multi party funding agreement and invoice the owner for their share.

Adopted District Services Committee 14 June 2014

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021