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Common access way approval

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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
  • 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.

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.

Tests mostly used

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

Regional differences that apply only to historical design and construction processes under district plans

 Auckland City

​Detailed design and construction occur through an engineering common access way approval.


​Detailed design and construction occur through a shared driveway application.

 All other areas

  • ​General grade design, alignment design and detailed design occur as part of the resource consent process.
  • Construction only happens as a condition of resource consent.

Find out more

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