Do I need to provide car parking?

Image of empty property lot with cars parked on it.

There is no longer a minimum District Plan requirement for the number of car parking spaces to be provided to support the use or development of a property.

This change follows the national direction set out in the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 that required the removal of car parking minimums from some District Plans.

The District Plan now sets out minimum numbers of bicycle parking spaces that are required to support some activities.  You can find the information within Appendix 1A:  Minimum on-site Bicycle Parking Requirements of the Transport chapter of the District Plan. 

For some activities, a maximum number of car parking spaces that can be provided also applies. This is called a car parking maximum.  You can find the information within Appendix 1B:  Minimum on-site Car Parking in the City Centre Zone of the Transport chapter of the District Plan

Where a car parking maximum is exceeded a resource consent will be required. 

If you want to provide car parking as part of a development, you need to make sure the design, location, and configuration meet District Plan rules for car parking found within the Transport chapter of the District Plan.  The Transport chapter of the District Plan can be found under Part 2 District Wide Matters.

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Where these rules cannot be met a resource consent will be required.

Apply for a land use consent

Disclaimer

We are in the process of adopting a new District Plan which means there are currently two versions of the District Plan – an Operative District Plan and an Appeals Version District Plan. 

The rules referred to on this page are those of the Appeals Version District Plan, which are now ‘treated as operative’. In resolving outstanding appeals, additional rules may be added to the District Plan which may change what you are permitted to do on your property.

The Appeals Version District Plan will become the new Operative District Plan once any outstanding appeals are resolved. 

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