A vehicle crossing is the area of driveway between a public road and the private property boundary, usually replacing a portion of the public footpath. If you want to build, modify or repair a vehicle crossing, you must get written approval from Auckland Transport (AT) before you start work.
- Find out about the application process and cost.
- Find out how long the application process will take.
- Arrange an inspection.
- Find out if you are responsible for the cost of construction and maintenance.
- View the vehicle crossing construction standards.
When you need to apply
You must apply and get written approval from AT before you begin:
- Building a new vehicle crossing.
- Altering an existing one (for example, repairing, replacing, widening, or relocating it).
The application process is the same regardless of whether the driveway is shared or right-of-way, or an easement.
If you are building a new house, you'll be asked if there is a suitable existing vehicle crossing when you apply for building consent from Auckland Council. If not, you must apply for a vehicle crossing with your building consent.
Please note: Under Auckland Council’s operative-in-part Auckland Unitary Plan, vehicle crossings for a single dwelling can be no wider than 3 metres at the boundary between private property and the road reserve. For more information, see Chapter E27 of the Auckland Unitary Plan - table E126.96.36.199.2 Vehicle crossing and vehicle access widths (Auckland Council website).
If you plan to build a vehicle crossing that exceeds this maximum, you must apply for resource consent from Auckland Council.
Vehicle crossings being built as part of a land subdivision are not covered by this application process. In these cases, the consultants or contractors building the subdivision should contact Auckland Council to get the work approved.
AT owns the vehicle crossing application process as we are responsible for ensuring work in the road corridor is carried out to the correct standard. The first part of the process (receiving the application and payment, and checking it for compliance with the Auckland Unitary Plan) is managed by Auckland Council.
Step 1. Complete the application form
Step 2. Lodge and pay for your application
- Visit your nearest Auckland Council Customer Service Centre to lodge your completed application form and pay the application fee (Auckland Council is the receiving agent for AT).
- The application fee is $328.00 (including GST). Payment methods include cash, EFTPOS, credit card and cheque (internet banking payments are not accepted).
- The fee covers office processing charges and 3 field inspections (a pre-approval, pre-pour and final reinstatement inspection). If additional field inspections are needed because of any non-compliance problems, the applicant may be charged extra fees to cover any additional work.
Step 3. Processing and checking
- The application will be checked to make sure all the required information has been supplied, including a site plan showing the complete property and the location of the proposed vehicle crossing relative to the side boundaries with dimensions. Note: the area of driveway on private property is not part of the vehicle crossing.
- If the application is incomplete, it will be returned to you to be completed and re-submitted, before any payment is accepted.
- The application will then be checked by Auckland Council planners to ensure it complies with Chapter E27 of the Auckland Unitary Plan.
- Auckland Council will transfer your application to AT for a field inspection to check it complies with all the technical standards and requirements, including traffic safety site distances, road storm water control, maximum gradients, prevention of scraping, location of power poles, trees and street lights etc.
- If your application passes this inspection, AT will send you an approval letter giving you permission to begin construction, in accordance with detailed specifications that will be included with the letter. We may also request that you submit a traffic management plan before any works can take place. Details of how to submit a traffic management plan will be provided in the approval letter.
- When the excavation has been prepared and ready for concrete to be poured, you must contact us to arrange an inspection of the boxing before the concrete is poured. We require 2 working days' notice to arrange this inspection.
- Once the pre-pour inspection has been passed, you can pour the concrete and reinstate the grass.
- When the reinstatement is complete, a final inspection must be undertaken. We require 2 working days' notice to arrange this inspection.
- If the vehicle crossing passes the final inspection, you will be sent a letter to advise you and a copy will go to Auckland Council.
To arrange an inspection, please contact us.
We aim to process your vehicle crossing application and deliver a consent letter to you within 20 working days. This includes processing time with both Auckland Council and AT.
Our ability to meet this target relies on correct information being provided and our field inspection not identifying any problems.
Construction time limit
Construction of the vehicle crossing must be completed within 7 days (one week) from the date of starting the excavation to the date of completing the final reinstatement.
It is not acceptable for the footpath and grass berm area to be disrupted and left in a dangerous state for a prolonged period of time.
- The property owner is responsible for the cost of constructing and maintaining the vehicle crossing serving their property.
- All vehicle access to a property must be by means of a properly constructed vehicle crossing that complies to AT’s vehicle crossing standards.
- In the event that AT widens or realigns a road and these works require the vehicle crossing to be altered to meet the new road alignment, then AT will alter and reinstate the vehicle crossing access at our cost.
- On-going maintenance and repairs to the vehicle crossing remains the responsibility of the property owner.
- For rural properties with a culvert pipe under the vehicle crossing, the property owner is responsible for minor maintenance of the culvert to keep it free of debris that could block the culvert to cause it to overflow and cause flooding, or damage the road. The scope of this responsibility is limited to what could reasonably be achieved using normal gardening tools. Larger scale culvert and drainage channel maintenance using heavier maintenance equipment (trucks, diggers etc.) will remain AT's responsibility.
- Property owners are expected to maintain the grassed area in front of their property to a reasonable standard, to ensure traffic visibility is not compromised, long grass does not become a fire hazard, and the area looks tidy.
- For any concerns about the way a street front is being maintained please contact us. If the area is a hazard, AT will take action to minimise the risk to the community.
Construction of a vehicle crossing involves disruption to the road and footpath. There are often trucks, diggers, and worker’s vehicles at the worksite and they can partially block the road, causing a traffic hazard. Pedestrians also may be directed to walk on the road to get past the worksite.
To ensure pedestrians and motorists can safely get past the worksite, all applicants are required to submit a traffic management plan (TMP) with their application.
For arterial roads and high volume and high speed roads (Level 2), you will be required to get a site-specific TMP designed as part of the application.
You are required to implement the TMP by erecting signs and barriers before starting work and keep these controls in place to protect the public until the work is finished. You are required to meet the same safety standards that all the other road and utility service contractors work to.
Chapter E section E27 of the Auckland Council Unitary Plan contains rules about transport infrastructure. In particular, Chapter E27.6.4: Access, contains rules about the location of vehicle crossings, the number allowed per property, minimum and maximum widths, maximum gradients, and the need for grade transitions etc.
AT has a set of engineering standards for the physical construction of vehicle crossings, including the thickness and strength of concrete required, integration of the footpath etc. These current vehicle crossing standards are based on the old legacy council standards that applied prior to the amalgamation of the former local authorities and formation of Auckland Council and Auckland Transport in 2010.
AT is currently preparing a new set of vehicle crossing standards that combine the best parts of the previous legacy council standards into one combined standard that will align with the Auckland Unitary Plan.
We expect to publish the new standards in late 2017.
The legal requirements surrounding the need to construct and maintain a vehicle crossing can be found in:
- Section 335 of the Local Government Act 1974 (New Zealand Legislation website).
- Legacy council bylaws provisions on construction in the road corridor and other public places (Auckland Council website).
More information or assistance
For further information about vehicle crossing fees, specifications, booking inspections, or any other queries, please contact us.