District Plan

The district plan directs how we change, develop and use our environment, as well as our obligations for protecting and safeguarding it for future generations.

The Porirua City District Plan came into operation on 1 November 1999.  

What is the District Plan?

The Porirua District Plan is a document that manages the balance between development and use of the environment, while protecting and safeguarding it for future generations.  It sets a framework for land-use planning, and imposes provisions and rules to protect it.  We are required to prepare a District Plan under the Resource Management Act.

District Plan sections. All files are in pdf format. Most are less than 100KB.

Cover Page 

Operative Sealing 

Table of Contents  

A Introduction   

B Significant Issues   

C Objectives and Policies 

D Guide to the Maps and Rules  

E Financial Contributions 

F Information to be Supplied  

G Cross Boundary Issues   

H Car Parking Vehicle Movements & Roads  

HH Historic Heritage 

I Hazardous Facility Screening Procedure  

J (Removed by Plan Change 15) 

K Designations  

L Monitoring  

M Interpretation  

NU Network Utilities 

Z Ngāti Toa Claim Settlement and Appendix Cover 

Updates to the District Plan are recorded in the Update Schedule.
Section 1 Ngāti Toa Claim Settlement was added on 21 January 2015.

Minor corrections have been made under delegated authority and incorporated into the Operative Plan.

Reviewing the District Plan


The District Plan is being reviewed in partnership with Ngāti Toa . We want to hear your ideas for Porirua's future. Take a look at the six key themes and issues we believe are crucial for the city's direction. Have we got them right? Find out more and Make your mark.


We are taking preliminary themes and issues to the community for feedback in October/November 2017, and a draft plan in October 2018.  We hope to notify a proposed plan in early 2019 and have an operative plan in 2020 subject to the outcomes of hearings.

Plan changes

Plan change # Description Operative Date
17 Aotea Supermarket Zone 8 April 2015
16 Network Utilities 24 October 2016
15 Historic Heritage 31 March 2014

Council has processed 17 plan changes since the District Plan became operative on 1 November 1999.

Past plan changes are listed below.  If you wish to receive a copy of these changes, please contact our Customer Services Centre on (04) 237 5089.

Plan change # Description Operative Date
14 Aotea Block - Rezoning of Business Park Zoned Land to Suburban Zone 15 March 2011
13 Westside Industrial (Stage 3) 26 May 2011
12 Open Space Zone 1 March 2012
11 Minor Earthworks 1 July 2011
10 Suburban Zone, Residential Infill, Amenity Management and Miscellaneous Minor Amendments 1 July 2011
9 withdrawn 11 March 2008
8 Recreation and Open Space Zone 9 March 2010
7 Wind Farms 4 February 2013
6 Judgeford Hills Zone 5 December 2008
5 Aotea Mixed Use Policy Area and Suburban Shopping Centre Area 20 October 2004
4 Baxters Knob Commercial Recreational Policy Area 20 October 2004
3 Medium Density Residential Policy Area 20 October 2004
2 Business Park Zone 19 January 2005
1 Above Ground Network Utility Lines 18 October 2006

Purchasing the District Plan

Individual sections of the District Plan can be downloaded from the links above. Please note that the official version of the District Plan is the hard copy version.  Legally correct, registered and updated copies of the District Plan held at Council; and in Council libraries and the National Library.

Copies of the Porirua City District Plan are available for purchase at a cost of $250.00 (GST inclusive). Postage will be additional. We do not provide an updating service for these copies. 

Other relevant plans

We have other relevant plans which may be of interest to you.

Northern Growth Area Structure Plan

Pāuatahanui-Judgeford Structure Plan

Landscape Management Strategy

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Last few weeks to make your mark on Porirua’s District Plan

We've had lots of interest in our District Plan review - make sure you share your thoughts

8 Nov 2017
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Make your mark on Porirua's future

Share your great ideas for Porirua’s future as we review our District Plan.

30 Oct 2017
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Make your mark on our city

District Plan review community consultation to start October 16.

5 Oct 2017