Planning to Work in the Road Corridor?

Working in the Road Corridor

Planning to work in the road corridor?

In New Zealand there are a set of standards that must be adhered to when working in the road corridor, and processes that must be followed when conducting this work.

These are defined by the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors, and help ensure that works conducted in the transport corridor are managed consistently and safely.

Before undertaking work in the road corridor, you must make a Corridor Access Request (CAR) and receive a Works Access Permit from Council. This can be done through the BeforeUDig website. Fees charged are to cover the processing of the request, checking and authorising the Traffic Management Plans, issuing the Works Access Permit, multiple site inspections, and administering the sign off and maintenance period for any reinstatements. Information about fees charged for CARs can be found here.

There are two types of CAR permits:

Non-Excavation Corridor Access Request (NECAR)

A NECAR permit is required for the following activities (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Operating or parking machinery such as cranes, cherry pickers, and water blasters
  • Placing a skip/bin or container
  • Erecting temporary scaffolding - mobile or fixed
  • Applying for a full or partial road or footpath closure to carry out work on or above the road

Corridor Access Request (CAR)

A CAR permit is required for the following activities (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Any activity that will alter the surface of the road corridor
  • The placement of any material or structure below, on, or above the road corridor
  • A new vehicle crossing
  • A modification to a currently existing vehicle crossing

As part of the CAR application, customers may be required to submit a Traffic Management Plan (TMP). This is for any activities that vary the normal operating condition of any part of the road corridor, such as, if the proposed work will prevent normal pedestrian access on the footpath, or normal use of a vehicle driving or parking lane. This is done to protect your work site, contractors, and the public during the work period.

Apply for a Corridor Access Request at the Before U Dig website here.

Last updated: 26 Jul 2021