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 vehicle crossing maintenance.
All vehicle crossings must be built in compliance with AT and Auckland Council 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 E18.104.22.168.2 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 $334.00 (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 sight distances, storm water control, maximum gradients, prevention of scraping, and location of power poles, trees, street lights, signs, and other utility infrastructure.
- 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, we will advise you that your crossing must be poured within 7 days and the boxing removed, topsoil and grass seed placed, and saw-cuts completed in the concrete.
- When the reinstatement is complete, a final inspection must be undertaken. We will use a checklist to ensure the concrete is poured, the saw cuts completed, topsoil placed and compacted level with the footpath and crossing, grass seed sown, and all debris removed from the site.
- 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 on the Auckland Council property file.
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, in accordance with the Auckland Council Vehicle Crossing Bylaw.
- 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 hand 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. Trucks, diggers, and worker’s vehicles can partially block the road, causing a traffic hazard, and pedestrians may have to walk on the road to get past the worksite.
To ensure that the workers are safe and motorists and pedestrians can get safely past the worksite, AT requires suitable, signs, barriers, and protection to be erected in accordance with the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (COPTTM).
AT will assess the level of Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) required during the pre-approval site inspection.
L1 and LV Roads
For level one and low volume (L1 and LV) roads, a low level of TTM may be sufficient.
We may specify conditions regarding the use of a Generic Traffic Management Diagram (GTMD) and the construction contractor must comply with this during the entire duration of the works.
If so, the applicant is not required to engage a qualified person to prepare a site-specific Traffic Management Diagram (TMD) or apply for a Corridor Access Request (CAR).
L2 and L3 Roads
For level two and three roads, and level one or low volume roads where there are specific or difficult conditions, a higher level of TTM will be required.
If you are constructing a vehicle crossing in these locations, the applicant is required to engage a traffic management company and lodge a CAR application (via MyWorksites.co.nz), complete with a site-specific TMP and a site-specific TMD.
There are currently no processing fees for CAR applications for construction of vehicle crossings. However, non-conformance penalty fees may apply if the approved TMP and conditions are not followed.
CAR approvals can take up to 15 working days. You cannot start work until this is approved.
All vehicle access to a property must be by means of a properly constructed vehicle crossing that complies with AT and Auckland Council standards.
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.
New vehicle crossing standards
AT released a new set of vehicle crossing standards on 2 October 2017.
These standards apply to all areas in the Auckland Council/Auckland Transport area and supersede the old legacy council standards that have been in use up until then.
The engineering standards relate to the physical construction of vehicle crossings, including the thickness and strength of concrete required, integration of the footpath, maximum gradients, etc.
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 - see 'Construction in the Road Corridor and Other Public Places' bylaws).
More information or assistance
For further information about vehicle crossing fees, specifications, booking inspections, or any other queries, please contact us.