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.
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.
We maintain driveways from the edge of the road to the back of the footpath where footpaths are constructed. If there are no footpaths the property owner maintains the driveway.
Residents may either have new vehicle crossings installed by Council’s contractors or arrange for the installation of their own crossings.
Make an application
Standard Plan for residential crossing (PDF 100 kb)
Application for residential vehicle crossing (PDF 47 kb)
Information on constructing residential vehicle crossings (PDF 226 kb)
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
Standard Plan for heavy duty crossing (PDF 110 kb)
Application for heavy duty vehicle crossing (PDF 49 kb)
Extra heavy duty crossing
This type of crossing suits locations that are regularly accessed by heavy trade vehicles. Crossings of this sort should be installed by a concrete placement contractor.
Make an application
Standard Plan for extra heavy duty crossing (PDF 116 kb)
Application for extra heavy duty vehicle crossing (PDF 43 kb)
Vehicle access in hill country
Where it isn't feasible to construct Council's standard dished type vehicle crossing, you'll need to get our Road Asset Engineer's approval before you start work on the crossing.
Requirements for vehicle access in hill and rural areas (PDF 43 kb)
Installing vehicle crossings
Service provided by us
We'll arrange for our own contractors to carry out the work. Payment is a fee based on a rate of $140.00 per square metre (inclusive of GST), plus an administration charge of $72.00 (inclusive of GST) for each application.
Privately installed crossings
You can also make private arrangements for the installation of your own crossings, provided you meet these requirements:
- You must obtain a copy of the standard plan and specifications for residential vehicle crossings: you can find these at our offices, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt
- You need to make a refundable deposit of $200.00 along with a non-refundable inspection fee of $72.00
- We'll inspect the base for the vehicle crossing before the crossing is poured, so please contact us before you carry this out
- On completion of the crossing, please get in touch so we can check that it has been built to standard
Once the crossing is completed in accordance with our standards, we'll refund your $200.00 deposit. Should the crossing not meet the required standard, Council reserves the right to rectify the faults and deduct the expense of this work from the deposit.
Concrete paving block crossings
Although our own contractors don't do this kind of work, we'll allow you to use interlocking concrete block vehicle crossings. The overall form of the crossing must conform to the plans for the standard crossings. Please contact us for a specification detailing the construction requirements. The same fee payment and inspection criteria apply as for standard crossings.