Using the District Plan

A step-by-step explanation on how to use the District Plan.

To find out what is allowed to happen on a piece of land or in a neighbourhood, refer to:

Volume 3: Maps

Having selected the map you're interested in:

  1. Check which activity area the site is in.
    The colour of the site will refer to a residential, commercial, central or recreational activity area or zone. This will guide you to the appropriate polices and rules in Volume 1.
  2. Check if there are any "overlays".
    Overlays are represented by dotted lines around the site (they can cover large areas, so you may need to look at the whole neighbourhood).

    Depending on the type of line there may be a designation, a Māori precinct, a natural hazard area, a heritage area, or a reference to a special rule in the plan such as those which cover some ridgelines and hilltops.

    In most cases, the provision associated with these overlays is in the chapters covering the underlying area or zone. However, in some cases they are contained in a separate chapter. For example, heritage provisions are in Chapters 20 and 21, and designations are in Chapter 24.

  3. Check for symbols on the site.
    Symbols can represent a heritage tree or building, or a Māori site. If there are symbols, you will need to look at the heritage section (Chapters 20 and 21 of Volume 1) of the plan.
  4. Check for special provisions.
    Maps 32 - 61 show where specific rules apply, for example areas close to the airport, on ridgelines, or in commercial areas.
  5. Changes to the District Plan.
    Because there are some changes to the District Plan that are still in process, check the list of active plan changes and variations as well as the operative District Plan.

More information

District Plan team

Phone (04) 499 4444
Email district.plan@wcc.govt.nz