Shipping containers

When you hire a shipping container, place it on your property wherever possible – if that’s not possible, you must apply for Council approval to place it on public property.

A shipping container on your own property doesn't need a permit
You don't need a permit if the shipping container is on your own property

Applying for a permit

Time frame

You will need to put in an application at least 5 working days in advance.

How to apply

  1. Submit a Corridor Access Request (CAR) via Submittica
  2. Fill out a Road User License (RUL) application form (91KB PDF) and upload it to your CAR.

If you require assistance, please email 

Neighbour's permission

If you can't put the shipping container directly outside your property and need to place it outside your neighbour's property, you will need to get your neighbour's permission.


The following fees apply:

  • $65 CAR processing fee
  • $100 RUL processing fee
  • Parking fees if applicable to place the container in restricted parking spaces:
  • $45 per parking space per weekday
  • $22.50 per parking space per weekend day
  • For the most up-to-date fee information, please see Council's Road use fees page.

Your permit will not be valid until these fees are paid.

Terms and conditions

You need to position your shipping container safely:

  • Place it so that it’s not hazardous or a nuisance to any road or footpath users. (Otherwise, Council may have to organise urgent removal.)
  • Make sure it has reflective markings so it can be seen clearly at night – depending on the location, extra illumination may be necessary.
  • It must have white and reflective markers (100 mm x 100 mm minimum) facing oncoming traffic
  • It must have contact details (24-hour contact number) permanently and legible marked on it, for the container owner to be reachable in the case of an emergency.
  • Place it at least 1 metre away from manhole covers and access points to underground services or fire hydrants.
  • Place it fully on the road (not partially on kerb edge or footpath), ensuring the container is on timber planks in all instances.
  • Leave at least 4 metres of clear road between it and the outside edge of the car park on the opposite side of the road so that emergency services can get through if they need to.
  • Leave at least 1 metre between it and driveway access points so that vehicles can easily go in and out.
  • Place it so that regulatory and warning road signs can be seen from at least 65 metres away.
  • It must not display any advertising or promotional material without approval from Council.
  • Keep the surrounding area clean and tidy.

Legal provisions

We reserve the right to request a Traffic Management Plan (TMP) if the safety and/or convenience of road users is compromised.

We can ask for the shipping container to be moved or relocated at any time if it is hazardous or a nuisance. If you don’t comply when we ask you to move the shipping container, we may move it at your expense.

These are the sections of the Wellington City Consolidated Bylaw 2008 that apply:
Section 9.9 
Section 13.1

More information

Phone (04) 499 4444