Removal of building line restrictions Removal of building line restrictions

A building line restriction (BLR) is shown on the Record of Title for a property. The registered owner can apply to have the BLR removed from the Record of Title.

While processing time is expected to take 30 working days from receipt of the application, please allow up to 60 working days as we are experiencing high volumes of applications.

Eligibility to apply

Only the registered owner can apply for the removal of a BLR.

The registered owner can appoint a representative to apply on their behalf. This requires written authority from the registered owner to act.

Cross lease properties

Each registered owner at the cross lease property must apply to remove the BLR.

Purchasing a property with a BLR

If you are purchasing a property but are not yet the registered owner, you are not eligible to apply. 

Auckland Transport is not able to confirm if the BLR can be removed before the purchase of a property.

About BLRs

A BLR restricts building inside the property boundary within the distance specified on the BLR document.

BLRs are put in place to allow for future public works, for example road-widening.

The BLR on a Record of Title may have been placed there many years ago. This restriction is still enforceable while the BLR is on the Record of Title.

If you have a query regarding the existing BLR please contact Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), or ask your solicitor or conveyancer.

Removing a BLR is a two-part process

Part 1 - Apply for Certificate of Cancellation

  • The registered owner applies to Auckland Transport (AT) to obtain a Certificate of Cancellation.
  • In some cases, AT requires the BLR to remain on the Record of Title, and the application will be declined. The registered owner or representative will be notified of the decision in writing.
  • If the application is successful, the signed Certificate of Cancellation will be emailed to the registered owner or representative.
  • There is an application fee to pay directly to Auckland Transport.

Part 2 - Lodge request to remove BLR

  • Auckland Transport is not involved in Part 2 of the process to remove a BLR.
  • If a Certificate of Cancellation is issued, the registered owner can engage their solicitor or conveyancer to lodge the Certificate of Cancellation with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to have the BLR removed from the Record of Title.
  • If the Certificate of Cancellation is issued, there are legal fees associated with having the BLR removed from the Record of Title. These legal fees are not covered by Auckland Transport. Please enquire with your solicitor or conveyancer regarding their fees.

Apply for Certificate of Cancellation

The processing time is approximately 30 working days from receipt of the application.

AT investigates each application to determine if the land may be required for future public works including road-widening, and to consider any safety issues. AT departments assess the requirement for the BLR.

AT may request further information. If the information is not received within three months of the request being made, the application will lapse, and a new application will be required.

Application form

Download the Certificate of Cancellation Application Form (PDF 148KB)

Required files with your application

  • Record of Title of affected property (search copy dated within past 30 days)
  • Building Line Restriction document

Auckland Transport does not supply these documents. To obtain these documents contact your solicitor or conveyancer.

Application fee

Auckland Transport requires the application fee of $575 (including GST) per title.

Auckland Transport requires payment to be made with the application. A paid tax invoice will be issued when payment is received.

From 1st May 2021 the removal of building line restriction application fee is $575 (including GST) per title.

Payment method

Payment can be made by internet banking - details are on the application form.

Submit application to Auckland Transport

Email your application to

  • Required format is PDF.
  • Attach separate PDF files of the completed application form, Record of Title, and Building Line Restriction document.