If you are planning to carry out any work or activity that affects the normal operation of the road, footpath or berm, you must apply for a Corridor Access Request (CAR).
A CAR is a permit that helps to ensure that all road worksites meet national regulations, and that they are as safe as possible for workers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Some examples of activities requiring a CAR are:
- Placing a skip bin or container on the berm.
- Installing a new stormwater drain that leads into the road corridor.
- Using or parking machinery such as cranes, cherry pickers and water blasters on the road corridor.
Step 1. Check if you need a CAR
You will need a CAR if your activity involves digging, drilling or resurfacing, or if your activity will affect the normal operation of the road, footpath or berm.
Step 2. Know what to include in your CAR application
Before you apply for a Corridor Access Request (CAR) make sure you have everything you need.
All new customers must complete all 3 forms to be registered as an Approved AT Customer. These are:
- Customer Accounting Application Form
- Terms of Business Form
- E2 Form
Step 3. Apply for a CAR
Applications must be made at least 15 working days before work starts.
Submitting an application is not an authority to start work. You must wait until you receive your approved CAR permit by email.
You will be advised of the fee during the application process and you will be sent an invoice for payment.
Step 4. When your CAR is approved
When your CAR is approved, you will be issued with an accepted Works Access Permit (WAP) with a status of "Ready to Start".
You are then required to notify AT of your work start date in MyWorksites.
Step 5. After the work is completed
When all work has been completed you are required to notify AT of completion via MyWorksites.
National code of practice
The National Code of Practice for Utility Operators' Access to Transport Corridors (PDF 2.8MB) defines the set of standards for working in the road and the Corridor Access Request (CAR) processes. The Code is mandatory under the Utilities Access Act 2010 and applies to all works carried out in the road corridor, whether the work is for or by a utility, local government, commercial organisation or private individual(s).
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