Road Encroachment & Sale Policy

Adopted in September 2011.

Our Road Encroachment & Sale Policy covers the regulation and management of the use of legal road for private purposes.

As well as road encroachments, the policy covers residential and commercial applications for:

  • airspace encroachment – including balconies, conservatories and eaves that encroach into airspace above legal road
  • subsoil encroachment – including building foundations, underground parking spaces and underground tanks
  • Town Belt encroachment – applications for encroachments onto Town Belt land are not permitted.

The policy principles are:

  • Protection of rights – The public have unimpeded access to legal road for free pedestrian and traffic movement.
  • Protection of community amenity – The road corridor adds to streetscape value and environmental and ecology purposes.
  • Public and private benefit – Unformed legal road can have significant public benefit by providing space for utilities and adding amenity value.
  • Disposal of assets – Wellington's topography and legal road layout means that some parts of the legal road may never be needed for Council business.
  • Transparency – The public can see how encroachment and road stopping applications are evaluated.

Road Encroachment & Sale Policy (934KB PDF) | Text version (325KB RTF)