Housing supply and special housing areas

Special Housing Areas

To help combat Auckland’s housing crisis, Special Housing Areas (SHAs) are being identified across the city where fast-track development of affordable housing can take place.
The SHAs are being located in selected urban and rural areas earmarked for urban development. 

The areas of land chosen will be within the Rural Urban Boundary. The Rural Urban Boundary defines the extent of urban development in Auckland over the next 30 years.

Rural Urban Boundary (PDF 2MB)

All developments are being carried out under the Auckland Housing Accord. The council developed the accord with the government, to plug Auckland’s housing shortage. Proposals will be designed in accordance with the provisions with the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) and in collaboration with the Housing Project Office. 


SHA programme final year

As the Auckland Housing Accord is in its final year, Auckland Council and the government have agreed on the timetable for establishment of the final Special Housing Areas (SHAs), under the Housing Accords Special Housing Areas Act 2013 ("HASHAA").

We are no longer accepting requests for new SHAs. This allows sufficient time for all current requests to be assessed ahead of the final tranche, presented to the Auckland Development Committee on 10 March 2016.

The final date a stand-alone application for a qualifying development (QD) within an SHA can be lodged is 16 September 2016.

There are provisions available for concurrent resource consent applications for QDs. These applications can be lodged after 16 September 2016 under two conditions:

  • That it is made in conjunction with a plan variation application; and
  • The plan variation application is lodged before the close of 16 September 2016

This ensures there is sufficient time to allow the order-in-council and gazettal process, and/or QD applications for lodgement, in advance of the 16 September 2016 disestablishment date for SHAs provided for in HASHAA.

If you have any questions about this process or timeframe, email the Development Programme Office team leading the SHAs.


What role do communities play?

Rigorous assessment of any potential SHAs includes the following:

  • Alignment with the Auckland Plan and PAUP.  
  • Analysis of infrastructure provision.
  • Local board and iwi views.

We expect to see evidence from developers that they have talked with the local community, major infrastructure providers and iwi, when planning for greenfield areas. This is to ensure that new zones take account of local aspirations. We also encourage developers to engage with local boards early in the process.

For resource consents in SHAs, an applicant is incentivised to talk with adjacent owners and infrastructure providers before an application is lodged, to enable a non-notified process and avoid hearings. Once an application is lodged, adjacent landowners may have the opportunity to have their say, but only if the council considered notification necessary. The Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013 (HASHAA) limits notification to owners of adjacent properties and infrastructure providers only. It also limits appeal rights.



To qualify as an SHA, areas will need to meet a specific set of criteria and will be assessed by the HPO for suitability - see the 12-point criteria below, which was updated in September 2015.

1. Adequate infrastructure exists or is likely to exist
2. Demand for residential housing in the proposed SHA
3. Evidence of demand to create qualifying developments in the SHA
4. Strategic location
5. Yield
6. Contribution to housing affordability
7. Inside the Rural Urban Boundary
8. Appropriate zone in the PAUP
9. Quality of the development and compatibility with the PAUP
10. Local board views
11. Iwi views
12. Land owner views

Full SHA criteria with guidelines (PDF 217KB) 

If you think an area qualifies as an SHA and would like to apply for SHA status, email the Housing Project Office or contact us on 09 373 6292.


SHA locations

View the Special Housing Area locations for tranches 1-8:

Overview of Tranches 1-8 (PDF 5.2MB)



November 2015

The overview map shows the eighth set of 10 SHAs.

November 2015 overview map (PDF 1.7MB)

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.

Extension of existing SHAs


August 2015

The overview map shows the seventh set of 11 SHAs.

August 2015 overview map (PDF 1.6MB)   

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.



July 2015

Click on the area names below for area specific information.

February 2015

Click on the area names below for area specific information.

September 2014

The overview map shows the fourth set of 17 SHAs.

September 2014 overview map (PDF 2MB)   

Click individual area names below for more site specific information.

May 2014

The overview map shows the third lot of 41 new SHAs and extensions announced:

May 2014 overview map (PDF 4.1MB)

Click on the area names for more area specific information:

Strategic SHAs

Other SHAs

Extension of existing SHAs
In addition to the 41 new SHAs, the following existing SHAs are being extended:

December 2013

The overview map shows the second lot of 11 SHAs announced:

December 2013 overview map (PDF 1.3MB) 

Click on the area names for more area specific information:

October 2013

The overview map shows the first 11 SHAs announced:

October 2013 overview map (PDF 2.1MB)  

Click on the area names for more area specific information:

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