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Paper Roads

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This page contains information about paper roads and the process for road stopping.
Updated: 21/05/2012 12:12 p.m.

What is a paper road?

A paper road is a legal road which Council owns but which hasn't been formed as a road for vehicles. The public is able to use paper roads, but generally only for walking or cycling.

Some paper roads cut across private land and courtesy must be shown to the landowners.

Road stopping

A paper road may never be needed as a formed road, in which case Council can undertake a process to remove the roading designation. This is called 'road stopping'.  

In some cases, Council may offer the adjacent landowner the right to purchase the land.

The road stopping process

Road stopping is publicly notified and the steps to be followed are set out in Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974.

Local Government Act 1974, Schedule 10 (NZ Legislation website) Opens in a new window.

Contact us

If you need further information about road stopping or paper roads, contact any of our Customer Service Centres.

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