If your proposed vehicle crossing application could damage the roots or canopy of a council tree, or you require approval to remove a council tree for this crossing to be constructed please complete this Request for Tree Removal or Work Within the tree protection zone application and submit it with your vehicle crossing application, this will need to be approved prior to work commencing on the vehicle crossing
There are different vehicle crossing requirements for rural and urban locations, as well as for light and heavy vehicle use (commercial and industrial locations).
We are also required to ensure that construction activity carried out within the road reserve is done by qualified persons that meet standard requirements. There are a number of issues and potential risks when working within the road corridor, and those contractors on Council's approved contractor list have demonstrated a suitable level of competence and knowledge of these issues and risks.
We are charged with managing roading infrastructure in the best interests of the community. The Local Government Act 1974 requires the property owner or occupier to be responsible for, and pay the cost of, construction or upgrade to the vehicle crossing. These costs include the removal of redundant crossings and any required relocation of services and or road side features where applicable.
We primarily focus on protecting and maintaining council assets and ensure that any new infrastructure added within the road (referred to as road reserve) complies with agreed standards. The standards have been established to ensure that what’s built is fit for purpose and consistent with community requirements. These standards and requirements are recorded in the District Plan, Regional Infrastructure Technical Specifications, and policies and bylaws.
Burden of responsibility
It is the responsibility of the property owner (or owners) to maintain vehicle crossings, not the council.