Property owners are responsible for the construction and maintenance of the driveway (also known as a vehicle crossing) or pedestrian access to their home.
If you are planning to build a new vehicle crossing (driveway), or do any maintenance that involves working in road reserve, there are a few things you will need to arrange before you carry out works.
Before you start, Porirua City Council generally do not allow the construction of vehicle crossings:
Below are types of standard vehicle crossing and their engineering drawings.
These are some of the standard crossings used for a single residential property access.
Urban vehicle crossing berm at kerb
Urban vehicle crossing footpath at kerb
Specification for installation of residential vehicular crossings
If the crossing is shared by more than two residential properties, or if it'll be used by heavy vehicles, then you'll need a heavy duty vehicle crossing.
Where it isn't feasible to construct to Council's standard dished type vehicle crossing, you'll need to get a Council Engineer's approval before you start work on the crossing.
Rural vehicle crossing - heavy duty
Get in touch with our Road Controlling Authority Infrastructure Engineer to discuss levels, gradients, crossfalls, drainage and other aspects before you apply – email VehicleCrossingEnquiries@poriruacity.govt.nz
The public footpath adjacent to a vehicle crossing must comply with the NZTA gradient and crossfall.
To begin your vehicle crossing application process, fill out the form below and send it to VehicleCrossingEnquires@poriruacity.govt.nz
You can also direct any questions about the process to this email address.
Remember to send it to VehicleCrossingEnquires@poriruacity.govt.nz
As constructing a vehicle crossing impacts road users and the normal operating conditions of the road, you will need to apply for a Corridor Access Request (CAR) and get your Traffic Management Plan (TMP) and Work Access Permit (WAP) approved. You will need to start the process by locating any underground services at BeforeUDig.
More info on this page
CAR applications must be made at least five working days for residential vehicle crossings. Vehicle crossings in the CBD or on certain roads may take fifteen days to process.
Work can start once your CAR is approved.
If you have any enquiries about Corridor Access Requests, contact Roadprotectionteam@pcc.govt.nz
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.
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 a pre-pour or final inspection, phone the Road Protection Team on (04) 237 5089 or email email@example.com. We need at least two days’ notice.
When constructing an exposed aggregate driveway, ensure that the washout goes onto the site for treatment and not onto the road and into stormwater drains.
More information on silt and sediment control.
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 the crossing.
The applicant/resident will be responsible for the costs for all activities. Click here for the Transport Fees and Charges page. A standard vehicle crossing application is charged as a ‘Minor’ CAR and there may be extra inspections if necessary.
The fee doesn’t include any construction costs of the vehicle crossing or the cost of preparing your traffic management plan application.
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).
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.