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Corridor Access

A Corridor Access Request (CAR) is an application for a permit to carry out works within the road reserve. It is required to ensure all work sites in the road reserve are as safe as possible for workers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. (The road reserve is defined as boundary to boundary).

A CAR is required for, but not limited to, the following activities:

  • Any activity that will alter, or cause to be altered, the surface of any part of the road reserve, including but not limited to excavating, drilling and resurfacing.
  • The placement of any pipe, duct, pole, cabinet or other structure below, on or above the road reserve
  • A new vehicle crossing, driveway works
  • Building construction (commercial)
  • Scaffolding works associated with renovations or building maintenance
  • Shop front fit outs / repairs / replacements
  • Crane operators
  • Building cleaning/painting up to 4 hours
  • Events

How to apply for a Corridor Access Request

Complete our application via Submitica 

What is Submitica?

Submitica is an application that Tauranga City Council has elected to use for the receipt of CARs for review. 

Submitica is owned and maintained by RAMM Software Limited (RSL). RSL created Submitica at the request of the majority of councils in New Zealand to make the CAR submission process as simple, efficient and reliable as possible.

Note: No fees are associated with the usage of Submitica application itself. However, Tauranga City Council fees and charges may apply.

Guideline for submitting a Corridor Access Request (57kb pdf)

User Fees & Charges Road Zone Occupation 2016/2017 (39kb pdf)

Note: CAR applications may require additional information such as:

  • A Traffic Management Plan (TMP)
  • Site or layplan
    • ensure the plan is clear and easy to read
    • must be site specific and show the full extent of services to be installed, e.g. in the footpath outside 2 First Avenue to 107 First Avenue.
    • any trees and other above ground structures, street furniture, etc., along the planned layout route.
  • Evidence of consultation with other parties.
  • Photos of the work site
  • for utility installations an elevation photo of the proposal is required.

Locating Underground Services

Prior to applying for a Corridor Access Request for any excavation within the Road Reserve you must be aware of other in ground utilities.  All Utility Operators affected must be advised of your intension to undertake work and seek approval where required. 

The below sites will help you to locate and protect underground pipes, cables and wires in the area you are planning to work:

Tauranga City Council Services MAPI.

MAPI user guide information

For other Utility services Before u Dig

Works Access Permit (WAP)

Once the Traffic Management Team has approved your CAR application they will issue you with a Works Access Permit this is your permission to undertake said works. Special conditions may apply, to which you are legally required to follow.


While you are working in the road reserve the Traffic Management Team will make regular inspections to ensure that:

  • efficient traffic flow is maintained on the road during the work
  • safety is maintained on the road and footpaths
  • the footpath/driveways are kept clean - free of construction materials and equipment at all times unless prior arrangements are made with the Corridor Manager
  • applicants must comply with the guidelines set out in these regulatory documents:
  • applicants must reinstate any work sites, once work has been completed, to its original state as per the IDC or comply with any special conditions set out by the Corridor Manager
  • all work is documented for future use

Relevant links

Utilities Access Act 2010

National Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors

Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (COPTTM)

Local Government Act 2002

Telecommunications Act 2001

Electricity Act 1992

Gas Act 1992

Health and Safety 1992

Health and Safety at work Act 2015

If you would like to discuss your application please contact the Traffic Management Team.

Jo Bellamy (Corridor Manager) (TMC)

Advisor Temporary Traffic Management and Policy

07 577 7210

027 703 5652

Bruce Galloway (Corridor Manager) (TMC)

Advisor Temporary Traffic Management and Inspections

07 577 7207

027 297 1213

Bryan McNaull

Compliance: Temporary Traffic Management

07 577 7934

027 549 7348

For Western Bay of Plenty District Council & Tauranga/Western Bay State Highways

Phone: 07 577 4680 – WestLink Bay of Plenty Office

Last Reviewed: 13/03/2017