Working on the Road
Selwyn District Council has a requirement under the Local Government Act and the NZ Utilities Advisory Group (NZUAG) Code of Practice to manage and coordinate contractors seeking to carry out work in the road corridor.
The road corridor includes not just the carriageway but berms, footpaths, cycle ways and any other structures in these areas such as power poles and street lights. It is best described as everything between the property line on one side of the road to the property line on the other side of the road.
All excavation and trenching work carried out within the road corridor must be carried out in accordance with the National Code of Practice for Utilities' Access to the Transport Corridors that was compiled and published by the NZUAG.
All Temporary Traffic Management Plans (TMPs) must minimally comply with the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM).
Corridor Access Request (CAR)
A Corridor Access Request (CAR) is an application to the Council for access to the road corridor in order to carry out works.
It is required to ensure all work sites on roads are as safe as possible for workers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The application also allows for the Council to coordinate road works and allow for notification to the public.
If a CAR is approved, a Work Access Permit (WAP) is issued. The WAP gives permission to carry out the specified activity in the CAR in the road corridor. A set of conditions is issued with the WAP which outlines a set of rules to be followed when working in the road corridor. These approved documents, together with the approved TMP, must be on site at all times for the duration of the work carried out in the road corridor.
A WAP is required for all work carried out in the road corridor. This could include, but is 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, resurfacing
- The placement of any pipe, duct, pole, cabinet or other structure below, on or above the road reserve
- An event in the road corridor or access to an event
- A new driveway
Applying for Access to the Road Corridor
A Corridor Access Request (CAR) application must be made for any activity that occurs in the road corridor by going to Beforeudig or through Submitica. Both are free to access for those requiring access to the road corridor.
Beforeudig will also include service plans for the location you have requested access too, should you need to carry out an excavation. You can also contact Beforeudig by calling 0800 248 344, who are also able to assist in completing a CAR over the phone.
As per the NZUAG Code of Practice, the following information, but not necessarily limited to, is required to be included in a CAR:
- A Temporary Traffic Management Plan (TMP) which must include the full form from the NZTA website and any Temporary Traffic Management Diagram(s) (TMD(s)) necessary for deployment of any Temporary Traffic Management (TTM). The design of the TMP must comply with the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM)
- A plan indicating the proposed scope of works including location in the road corridor and proposed dimensions and design of any excavations
- Evidence of approvals from any other utilities operators that need to be obtained e.g. close approach approval for power lines
- Any other relevant additional information to supplement your application or requested by the corridor manager
All documents need to be in portrait PDF format only.
Traffic counts and Route Positions (RPs) can be obtained through Mobile Roads.
Note: Currently, those who write TMPs must either hold the Temporary Traffic Management Planner (TTMP) qualification or be enrolled to attend a workshop if they wish to submit a TMP. All TMP designers must hold the TTMP qualification by 1 December 2020.
The length of time to process the application will depend on the request. The minimum lead/processing times for CAR and TMP applications are as follows:
|APPLICATION TYPE||MINIMUM PROCESSING TIME|
|Standard CAR or TMP||5 working days|
|Project CAR||15 days|
|Event Road Closure TMP||42 days|
|Road Space Booking (carried out under a global CAR only)||5 days|
An application for access to the road corridor is currently free of charge. The CAR must be applied for and the WAP must be granted before the work can commence unless it is an emergency. Failure to do so may result in the contractor being removed from the road corridor or being unable to start work in a timely manner.
Types of corridor access request:
|Project||Works that exceed 14 days from establishment to final reinstatement|
|Major||Works involving an excavation of greater than one square metre and taking less than 14 days from establishment to final reinstatement|
|Minor||Domestic service connections and/or works of up to one square metre that do not significantly disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic|
|Retrospective||Notification of minor or emergency works that have taken place within the past seven days.|
If you are unsure about the requirements for a CAR or have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Contractors are required to supply or do the following during the CAR process:
- Notify Selwyn District Council of the commencement of works
- A Works Completion Notice when work is completed (which can be found at the bottom of this page)
- Before and after pictures of the site where work is carried out
- Any and all testing results including compaction tests and pressure tests for pipe work if applicable
Once all of the above documents are supplied to the corridor manager, the works can then enter into the two year maintenance period.
Generally, full road closures are not issued in the Selwyn District except for events or where works in the road corridor cannot be carried out in a way that safely maintains minimally one open lane as per CoPTTM.
If you require a road closure, it is recommended that you contact the corridor manager in the first instance at email@example.com
In some situations, a global CAR with a generic TMP may be issued to a contractor. A global CAR may be issued for repetitive, similar, low risk works that can occur in a one day shift that have similar or simple TTM requirements. The global CAR is issued is at the discretion of the corridor manager and will take into account the nature of the works it is to be used for among other factors.
If you think you have works that fit this description in the Selwyn District, please contact the corridor manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Currently, there are no fees associated with regards to the corridor management process.
Corridor Manager Contact
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the road corridor and the CAR process, please email in the first instance the corridor manager at email@example.com