Loading zone permits

Loading zones can be used by goods vehicles and business vehicles with a loading zone permit.

How loading zones work

Loading zones are short-term parking spaces that allow businesses to load or unload goods.

We issue loading zone permits so that small business operators can service their business or customers without having to purchase a goods vehicle. It also prevents motorists who are not involved in a goods service from parking in a loading zone.

Who can apply for a loading zone

Businesses that use goods vehicles don't need a permit. Goods vehicles are those designed especially for the purpose of trade, such as vans (without back seats), flat-deck trucks and utility vehicles.

Businesses that use any other kind of vehicle to load or unload goods need a permit to use a loading zone.

How to apply or renew a permit

Before you apply, the vehicle must:

  • be registered in the name of the applicant or the business
  • have a current warrant of fitness or vehicle license (rego).

Complete the form

The annual fee for a loading zone permit is $80.

As part of your application, you or the business's manager need to provide a letter stating why the business needs a loading zone permit.

Complete the online form

Or download the application form: Loading Zone Permit Application Form (85KB PDF)

When your permit arrives

Display your permit inside the front windscreen on the passenger side of the vehicle. We may review your application at any time to make sure it still meets the criteria.

If you change vehicles

If you change vehicles you'll need a new permit.

To transfer any remaining time to a new permit, send us the original vehicle's permit. Even if it comes off in pieces, it's important we see all or parts of the old permit. 

Only the original applicant can transfer their permit and will need to complete a new application form with the old permit attached. 

Loading permit conditions

  • Parking availability is not guaranteed and can be affected by roadworks or construction. 
  • The vehicle must be used for the purpose of carrying goods. 
  • The permit is non-transferable and must only be affixed to the vehicle for which the permit is issued. 
  • The permit only applies to loading zones where signs specify “Goods vehicles and other authorised vehicles only”.  
  • The vehicle must not be left unattended in a loading zone for longer than the time shown on the signs.  
  • It is the permit holder’s responsibility to renew permits on an annual basis. 

Need help?

You can phone our Contact Centre any time on 04 499 4444 or email info@wcc.govt.nz