There are several types of road signs:
- Compulsory / Regulatory Signs – To advise drivers of restrictions such as speed limit signs, stop signs, and parking restriction signs.
- Warning Signs – To alert you of particular hazards on the road ahead.
- Permanent Warning Signs – To indicate the presence of road hazards such as curve warning signs, speed hump signs, and school zone signs.
- Temporary Warning Signs – To indicate the hazards of a temporary nature such road works signs, lane closure sign, and gravel surface sign.
- Information signs – To provide useful information such as distance to the next town, information area, and rest area.
- Street Names Signs – To provide the names of streets through the District.
- Amenity Signs – These are used where street name signs provide less than adequate directions to certain public , such as signage for schools, churches, and other community organisations.
Sign marking private lanes or rights-of-way belong to the property owners and will not be maintained by Council. These signs can be distinguished as they have blue lettering on a white background (the reverse of a standard street name sign).
For amenity signage, all installation and on-going maintenance work shall be carried out by Council's signs contractor, with all costs being the responsibility of the applicant. Where signs need to be sited on the State Highways, all enquiries need to be referred to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS.
For any damaged or stolen signs, please contact Council on 03 687 7200 with details of location of the missing of damaged sign. For signs on the State Highway, contact the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) on 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).
Road markings are frequently maintained by Council to meet the needs of people and communities to avoid any hazards or danger to pedestrians and vehicles. The road markings shall comply with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Specifications, New Zealand Standards, and Council's Delineation Standards.