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Driveways, vehicle crossings and access standards
Driveways and vehicle crossings
A driveway is a vehicle access lane located on private property.
A vehicle crossing starts where the driveway leaves the legal boundary of a property and continues until it meets the road. It allows vehicles to cross over berms or pavements to access the road.
Vehicle crossing resource consents
The standards around the number, location and separation distances for a vehicle crossing are found under chapter E27 of the Auckland Unitary Plan
Vehicle crossing building consents
New houses need a suitable existing vehicle crossing. If the proposed house location does not have one, you must apply for a vehicle crossing with your building consent.
Applying for a vehicle crossing
If you want to build, modify or repair a vehicle crossing, you must get written approval from Auckland Transport before you start work.
Applications will be checked to ensure the correct information is supplied, including a site plan showing the complete property, and the location of the proposed vehicle crossing relative to the side boundaries (including dimensions).
Each application is also checked to ensure it complies with chapter E27 of the Auckland Unitary Plan (PDF 746KB). For sites in the Hauraki Gulf Islands, applications are checked against Part 13 of the Auckland Council District Plan (Hauraki Gulf Islands Section) (PDF 1,675KB).
Any vehicle crossings from existing roads within a subdivision must follow the application process.
Vehicle crossings on proposed new roads in a new subdivision development are not covered by this application process. These will be approved by us as part of the subdivision resource consent process.
To learn more on the application process, visit the Auckland Transport website.
Site access design for vehicles
It is important that all sites have vehicle access for everyday use and in emergency situations.
The design of the driveway depends on how many sites need access to the road.
Key criteria for designing vehicle access
The key criteria is that the total width and other dimensions comply with the standards.
| Minimum legal width
|Minimum formed width
|Minimum service strip
||1 in 4
||1 in 5
||1 in 5
|Minimum vertical clearance from buildings or structures
|Minimum inside turning radius for bends
You should know
The design, length, number of sites serviced, and construction materials used for the access will vary on soil conditions and an engineer's assessment.
Requirements for long access strips
For access strips greater than 50m in length, speed management measures should be considered.
Access to rear sites
You can access up to 10 rear sites with an access strip, right-of-way easement, or driveway.
If you have a rear site that does not have direct access to a formed legal road, then a driveway will need to be constructed.
This driveway will need to provide:
- an entrance strip forming part of the site
- a jointly-owned access lot
- a rights-of-way easement over adjoining land
- a combination of these mechanisms.
If your access strip is serving six or more rear sites it must also provide separate pedestrian access, which may be located within the formed driveway.
The pedestrian access must meet all of the following:
- have a minimum width of 1m (can include the service strip)
- be distinguished from the vehicle carriageway through the use of a raised curb or different surface treatment.
|Check if you can subdivide your property||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/types-resource-consents/subdivision-of-property/check-subdivide-property||Check if you can subdivide your property||Where to start and things to consider if you are thinking about subdividing your property.||aspx||Subdivision resource consent|
|Common access way approval||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/engineering-approvals/Pages/common-access-way-approval.aspx||Common access way approval||Find out what a common access way is, and how to apply. Learn more about how and why we test the common access way.||aspx||Engineering|
|Apply for section 224c certificate (subdivision)||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/types-resource-consents/subdivision-of-property/Pages/apply-for-section-224c-certificate.aspx||Apply for section 224c certificate (subdivision)||Information on applying for a section 224c (s224c) certificate as part of a subdivision consent.||aspx||Subdivision resource consent|
|Cross-lease properties ||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/types-resource-consents/subdivision-of-property/Pages/cross-lease-properties.aspx||Cross-lease properties ||Find out what your rights and constraints are if your property has a cross-lease title. ||aspx||Subdivision resource consent|
|Right of way and land title certification||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/types-resource-consents/subdivision-of-property/Pages/right-way-certificate.aspx||Right of way and land title certification||Find out about a right of way and other land title certification, what it is, if you need one and how to apply.||aspx||Building and consents|
|Road naming||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/resource-consents/types-resource-consents/subdivision-of-property/Pages/road-naming.aspx||Road naming||Find out about the principles and criteria for road naming, and how important road names are. ||aspx||Building and consents|