Working on the Road

Corridor Access Requests (CARs) and Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) are the permits required to ensure that activities carried out on the road corridor are as safe as possible for everyone, from  contractors, to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

If an individual or organisation plans to undertake an activity on the road, they must submit the appropriate application(s) to the Waimakariri District Council for approval before the activity can start.

The road corridor (road or road reserve) is defined as the area from the private property boundary on one side to the property boundary on the other. This includes the berm (grass verge), footpath and carriageway.

Corridor Access Request (CAR)

Currently, a CAR is only required in the Waimakariri District where the activity is proposing to break ground in the road corridor or has the risk of causing damage to the road corridor. The National Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to the Transport Corridors define the standard for working in the road and the CAR process.

The CAR application process is done online at Submitica and can be completed by a utility operator or a delegated agent.

For a more comprehensive overview of the CAR process, please refer to our Submitica guidance document.

Traffic Management Plan (TMP)

A TMP is required for all activities that vary the normal operating conditions of a road, irrespective of where the activity is - on a carriageway, on a footpath or a road shoulder. A TMP may also be needed for activities outside the road reserve if the normal operating conditions of the road are affected.

TMPs must be designed by a suitably qualified person* and must meet the minimum standards outlined in the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (the CoPTTM).

TMPs can either be submitted with a CAR application in Submitica or submitted via email to

* from 1 May 2021, TMP designers must either hold the practising Temporary Traffic Management Planner (TTMP) warrant, or the non-practising Temporary Traffic Management Planner (TTMP-NP) warrant and the TMP is being submitted for assessment purposes, as per the guidance provided by Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency.

Events and Road Closures


If you wish to run an event on the road corridor or adjacent to the road corridor in a way that will change the normal operating conditions of the road, you will need to submit a traffic management plan.

Events with a road closure

Where the event proposes a full closure of a road, the event organiser, or their contractor, will need to contact the Council with the proposal a minimum of 42 days before the event. The reason for this timeframe is to allow for the road closure aspect of the event to be notified in the local paper for public consultation. The Council organises the newspaper advert on behalf of the applicant, with the cost of publishing the advert charged directly to the event organiser.

Road closures

All TMPs that involve a full road closure must include a completed road closure application as well a clear reference to static notice boards. Static notice boards must be designed to Waimakariri District Council notice board template and are required to be established 7 days (5 working days) before the activity takes place. This is an additional measure required for events with road closures, on top of newspaper adverts.

Processing Timeframes

Submitting compliant applications with an appropriate lead-time is an important part of making sure an activity goes ahead as planned. While we reference minimum lead-times, we strongly encourage that people involved in this process plan for larger lead-times which should account for any unexpected delays in approval e.g. coordination with other contractor approvals.

The timeframes below are minimum lead/processing times for CAR and TMP applications.

ApplicationMinimum Timeframe
Standard CAR or TMP

5 working days

Project CAR

15 working days

Non-event Road Closure TMP

10 working days**

Event Road Closure TMP

42 days

** This allows for 5 working days to process the TMP and 5 working days to establish the static warning signs.

Other Resources

Below are some handy links that will help you better understand the TMP and CAR requirements. In addition to this, on the right-hand side of this page are some downloadable resources to assist you with your applications.

Further Information:

If you have any questions about corridor access request or traffic management plan applications, please email the roading team at