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Vehicle crossings

Connecting your whare to the road with a new driveway? Here are all the details you need to know about vehicle crossings in Porirua City.

1. Plan the crossing

A vehicle crossing extends from the edge of the road to the front boundary of your property. It provides the access to your property from the road and normally connects to your driveway.

It is the property owner's responsibility to maintain existing crossings or install a new crossing (including any section that crosses Council owned road reserve).

When constructing your vehicle crossing it must meet certain requirements.

Types of standard vehicle crossings :

Residential Vehicle Crossing

This is the standard crossing used for a single residential property access. This access is usually provided by building a standard concrete driveway, which is fully paid for by the property owner.

Once a driveway's installed, it may need maintenance work or complete replacement to keep it to an acceptable standard. Council can require a property owner to repair, reconstruct, renew or remove an accessway (Public Places Bylaw 2019).

Make an application

Heavy Duty Crossing

If the crossing is shared by more than two residential properties, or if it'll be used by heavy trade vehicles, then you'll need a heavy duty vehicle crossing.

Make an application

Rural Vehicle Crossing

Where it isn't feasible to construct Council's standard dished type vehicle crossing, you'll need to get Council Engineer's approval before you start work on the crossing.

Make an application

Property below street level

Talk to our Road Controlling Authority Infrastructure Engineer to discuss levels, gradients, crossfalls, drainage and other aspects before you apply -  (04) 237 5089 or

2. Locate any services at BeforeUdig

If you wish to park off the road on your private property, you need to have an approved vehicle access from the public road to your property boundary.

If you do the job yourself it’s your responsibility to find out where all the underground cables and services are on the site. That includes sewer, stormwater, drainage, water supply, gas, power and telecommunications services. Please take the time to make sure where all these services are. It's very dangerous to dig near underground power cables, and if you dig into other services you'll have to pay for any damage done.

If your crossing is being installed by a contractor or by Council, it's their responsibility to check your site and do the work safely.

3. Temporary Traffic Management plan

Before undertaking work within public space or the Council road corridor, will need approval. Part of this approval process is submitting a Traffic Management Plan through Corridor Access Request. 

It will then guide you to creating a CAR application which will provide us with a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) for your site during the period of the work. 

If you need any assistance in finding a local Traffic Management company contact the Porirua City Council Contact Centre - (04) 237 5089 or

State Highways.

The New Zealand Transport Agency manages the State Highways. Traffic management applications for State Highways within Porirua City should be made through their contractor, Capital Journey’s.You or your contractor will use either Submitica or BeforeUDig  to check for locations of any underground services. This is a web based service that you and your contractor will use to get plans and information emailed to you.

4. Approval,Fees and Payments


Applications must be made at least, 5 working days for Minor works and 10 working days for Major Works and Project Works in Roads.


The applicant will be the bill-payer for all activities unless Council approves other arrangements. 


Work can start once your CAR is approved.


When you have completed the work and made appropriate reinstatement, log in to Submitica or BeforeUDig and change the status of the job to “Work Completion Notified”.

We will be automatically notified that the job has been completed and a TTM Auditor will carry out an inspection to certify the work is up to standard.

Completed work is put on a 2-year warranty period. If it fails (or the reinstatement is not up to standard), you are liable for correction work.

Description Fee
Standard vehicle crossing $260.00
Extra inspections $97.60 per visit

  • The fee doesn’t include any construction costs of the vehicle crossing or the cost of preparing your traffic management plan application.  

5. Arrange inspections

Pre-pour inspection

When the excavation has been prepared and is ready for the concrete to be poured, contact us to inspect the boxing before the concrete is poured.

Final inspection

When the area surrounding the crossing has been reinstated, let us know within five working days that the works are complete. Send us photographs of the crossing and adjacent area to include in our property records.

To arrange an inspection, phone the Road Protection Team on (04) 237 5089 or email We need at least two days’ notice.

Controlling run off - silt & sediment

  • Vehicle crossings and driveways must be completed before new buildings are occupied.  
  • For a new building, there should not be more than a couple of days between the vehicle entry/exit pad being removed and the driveway being laid. 
  • No vehicles should enter or leave the site during this time, because of the risk of tracking mud from their tyres onto the road.
  • When constructing an exposed aggregate driveway, ensure that washout goes onto the site for treatment and not onto the road and into stormwater drains.

More information on silt and sediment control.

Damage you cause

Before you start work, record any existing damage to the road surface, kerb and channel, footpath, and any other parts of the road corridor.  Take photos if you can.

The permit holder (depending on who builds the vehicle crossing) is responsible for repairing, at their own expense and to our satisfaction, any damage resulting from building it.

Maintain the crossing

As the property owner, you are responsible for on-going maintenance and repairs to the crossing.

If our work to widen or realign a road requires a vehicle crossing to be altered to meet the new road alignment, we will do this work at our expense.