It is our role to ensure street numbering is in place and to approve names for new public roads, private roads and rights-of-way so that properties have:
- accurate addresses
- can be easily located by emergency services
- can be serviced for power, mail and telephone.
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.
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)
If you are undertaking a development that requires name for a new road, or you wish to name an existing un-named road or re-name an existing road, then please consult our Road Naming Policy which gives guidance on the application process.
Road Naming Policy
If there are other landowners whose addresses will be affected, consultation with them is required.
You will need to ensure that you provide good reasons for selecting the suggested road names so that Council can assess and determine whether any of those road names are appropriate and in accordance with the Road Naming Policy.
Our Road Naming Policy is based on the Australian/New Zealand Standard for Rural and Urban Addressing (AS/NZS 4819:2011).
When you are ready, please use the Road Naming Application form to submit your application:
Road Naming Application(PDF, 78KB)