Apply for Work Access Permit

Anyone or any business planning to carry out any work or undertake an activity that affects the normal flow or operation of the road, footpath or berm within the road corridor must obtain a Work Access Permit (WAP) by submitting a request known Corridor Access Request (CAR).


Step 1.If you need to close the road

If you need to to close the road, you also need to apply for a road closure.

Step 2.Make a traffic management plan

Depending on the impact of your work on public access you may need a Temporary Traffic Management Plan. The NZTA website has guidance and two different forms depending on the amount of disruption to public access.

View Traffic management information(on NZTA website)

Step 3.Complying with the standards

All work in the Corridor Access Request (CAR) must comply with the National Code of Practice for Utility Operators Access to Transport Corridors in accordance with the Utilities Act 2010. The links below provide more information.

View the National Code of Practice (on NZ Utilities Advisory Group website)

View the Utilities Act 2010 (on New Zealand Legislation website)

Step 4.Applying for permission

There are two free-of-charge, online systems you can use to submit a Corridor Access Request (CAR).  

if you need to dig apply online at beforeUdig 

Alternatively apply online at Submitica

Note: To use Submitica you will need to become a registered user. 

Step 5.Processing the request

Applications need to be made at least 15 working days before work is intended to start. 

Step 6.Receive your permit

Before you start work you must have received your approved Work Access Permit (WAP).  The only exception is in an emergency as defined in the National Code of Practice.

A road corridor is defined as the area of land between legal boundaries, usually a fence-line to fence-line and includes any safety run-off areas, which is dedicated to allow the passage of road users.  The road corridor also includes air space of 6 meters directly above the road surface.


A Corridor Access Request (CAR) is required for, but not limited to, the following activities:

  • Trenching works
  • Construction of new vehicle crossings, and repairs to existing
  • Work within the berm or shoulder of the road
  • Tree work, scaffolding, crane work, shop front graphic’s, awning or veranda repairs, plumbing or drain laying
  • 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

Applying for a CAR is not an authority to start work, unless it is an emergency as defined in the National code of practice below, you must wait until you receive your approved Work Access Permit (WAP) by email.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) manages the temporary closure of any State Highway.

Regulations specify a 42 day public notice period, so applicants are advised to contact the NZTA as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Find out more on the NZTA website.

New Zealand Transport Agency

Corridor Access Requests or TMP approvals for work or activities on State Highway roads requires applications to be emailed to NZTA at

Note: In some cases, joint approval will be required where the activity will affect both Road Controlling Authorities network.

Tenders for our roadwork contracts are advertised on the Council portal of the New Zealand Local Government tendering website, TenderLink.  

Whangarei District Council Tenderlink Portal

Locate and protect underground pipes, cables and wires in the area of the proposed works by checking before you dig.