Using road reserve
Road reserve is the strip of land between your property's front boundary and an existing formed road or footpath.
To use this land, you'll need:
- to lease or buy it from the Council
- a resource consent.
You may also need a building consent.
If you're not sure where the boundaries of your property are, you may need to employ a surveyor or property lawyer.
Streets with building limits to protect harbour views
On some streets, buildings and structures are limited to uncovered car decks rather than garages to protect harbour views.
These streets are:
- Alexandra Road from Thane Road to Upoko Road
- Carlton Gore Road
- Dunedin Road
- Evans Bay Parade
- Grafton Road
- Hornsey Road
- Karaka Bay Road
- Maida Vale Road (from corner Grafton Road to Evans Bay Parade)
- Massey Road
- Marine Parade
- McFarlane Street (upper level)
- Moeller Street
- Northland Road (from the tunnel to Governor Road)
- Oriental Parade
- Owhiro Bay Road
- Palliser Road
- Shelly Bay Road
- Sutherland Road
- Thane Road
- The Crescent
Leasing or buying Council land
To lease the land, you'll need to apply for an encroachment licence.
The Council may be able to sell the land if it is not needed for utilities, roads or footpaths. The process of changing the status of the land so it can be sold is called road stopping.
We recommend you get permission to lease or buy the land before you apply for your resource consent.
When you apply for a resource consent to build a structure like a car deck on road reserve, we assess the impact of your proposal on:
- neighbouring properties (for example, if it will shade other property)
- neighbourhood character (for example, the design and siting of your building or structure)
- vegetation (for example, any vegetation that may need to be removed).
Extra documents you may need for your resource consent application
When you apply for a resource consent, you'll need:
- copies of any consultation with or approval from our Encroachments team
- a plan showing the structure’s location and any vegetation you plan to remove from the road sides/edges
- evidence of any consultation with our Parks team, if you intend to remove any vegetation
- a landscaping plan, if you have one, that shows how planting will reduce any negative effects your proposal might have on the environment – for example, how a car parking area will be screened from view.
You need a building consent for all work that affects the structure of a building, and all plumbing or drainage work other than simple repairs.
Other permissions you may need
If you're creating or changing a driveway or kerb
If you're creating a new driveway or doing work that will affect the existing driveway or kerb, you'll need vehicle access permission.
Create or change a driveway or kerb
You can phone our Contact Centre any time on 04 499 4444 or email email@example.com.