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Common access way approval

What common access approval is for

This approval process is for the physical construction of common access ways and driveways servicing multiple lots.

These may be in the form of:

  • rights of way
  • jointly-owned access lots
  • private roads
  • common areas.

Design and construction considerations

  • Sub-base, sub-grade and basecourse materials and strength.
  • Surface strength, thickness and weather resistance.
  • Frictional performance (in cases of steep sites).
  • Carriageway widths and gradients.
  • Alignment within subdivision easements and boundaries.
  • Manoeuvring / tracking for required vehicle movements.
  • User safety.
  • Natural hazards.
  • Effectiveness of drainage.
  • Appropriateness of retaining structures.
  • Suitability of construction details within the dripline of trees.
  • Preservation of natural surface water flows.
  • Vertical clearance.
Certification requirements will vary depending on our assessment of the construction complexity.

Our tip

Building consents do not address driveway construction (just the associated drainage and retaining).

We cannot accept a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) as an evidence that a driveway has been appropriately constructed.

​Why we test existing access ways

In order to authorise an access way for shared use, we need to test it to check if it complies with our construction standards.

Testing methods largely used are:

  • Benkelman Beam testing for flexible pavements.
  • Core samples and crush testing for concrete pavements.

Common access way application fee

Read fee table.
Service Fee
Approval of engineering works (major) and consent to drainage works - construction of private drains through adjoining premises of works on private land$2500
Approval of engineering works (minor) and common access way$1200

Our tip

You may have to pay for additional costs or receive a refund where appropriate.

​Apply for common access way approval

You can apply here for approval to construct a common access way, or if it is part of a larger project, you can apply for it as a part of a major engineering approval.

We only accept online applications for common access way approvals. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our service centres for assistance in making your online application.


​Common access way approval


If there is no way to provide digital copies of your plans or documents, visit one of our service centres. Our staff will accept your documents, but it may incur an additional charge to cover the costs involved with us scanning your documents into our digital consent system.

Call us on 09 301 0101 if you have questions regarding your application.

​What happens next

We aim to process common access way approvals within 20 working days. Approval takes longer when additional information if required.

We will let you know the decision by email.

Find out more

Contact us and ask to speak to the duty engineer in your area.

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