Roads and Footpaths

Council maintains around 802km of local roads, 521km are sealed and 281km are unsealed. Roads in the district are managed by Council and State Highway 2 (High Street, Chapel Street & Opaki Road) is managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). Council also builds and maintains the footpaths, pavements, bridges, signs, markings and street lights.

You might need permission from Council if you’re planning any kind of activity on public roads.

 What We’re Working On

Council has an annual resealing programme for its roads, you can find information about which roads are currently in the work plan below.

Last updated: 18/02/2021

Pavement maintenance Rural
Whangaehu Valley

Pavement Maintenance Urban
South Rd
Totara St

Drainage Maintenace
Masterton Stronvar Rd
Otahome Rd
Waimimi Rd
Te Ore Ore Bideford Rd

Unsealed Maintenance
Tinui Valley

SH2, night work
Reseals north of Wingate Rd

Working in the Wairarapa’s Roads and Reserves

 You will need to contact us if you want things like:

  •  Driveways designed to access our roads
  •  Road closures for events
  •  Excavation works
  •  New roads or rights of ways to be built to the New Zealand standards

Email [email protected] with your request and we can help you start the process.


General Requirements for Working within Road Reserve Area (or Transport Corridor)

Corridor Access Requests (Excavation)

Any excavation or works planned in the road reserve (the transport corridor) will need pre-approval from us before work can start. This might be things like:

  •  Excavate for Utility repairs or installation
  •  Temporarily close a road to traffic for an event
  •  Create a new driveway

Before U Dig can automatically lodge your Corridor Access Requests (CARs) while you submit your enquiries. You can make an application on their website or by contacting them on 0800 248 344.

Council requires a minimum of 15 working days’ notice for applications to be processed.

Corridor Access Requests (Non-Excavation)

Sometimes there will be things that don’t need excavation but still need permission from Council. This is because some sections of the road need to be blocked off to make sure it’s safe. This might be things like:

  • Concerts
  • Building maintenance
  • Cycling events
  • Festivals
  • Fireworks and
  • Parades

Your application for permission can be started by making a request. The cost per Corridor Access Request (CAR) is $37.37 including GST.

Council needs a minimum of 5 working days notice for applications to be processed and more than 42 days for Road Closures.

Safety Working on our Roads and Footpaths

All work in the road corridor has to comply with the national code of practice available in the related resources sidebar.

Reporting a Problem

If you see something that needs fixing then please fill in a Fix it Form.

WAP Process

There are 6 stages to the CAR/WAP Process:

  1. Apply
    • To work in road reserves you will need to apply for a Corridor Access Request (CAR). Applications are normally done through BeforeUDig. A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) will be uploaded with your application along with all the supporting documents.
  2. Process
    • After you have applied for a CAR, the information is appraised and processing starts. Approvals are sought and conditions are set relating to the activity.
  3. Review
    • The CAR and work conditions are forwarded to the Corridor Manager for review and approval.
  4. Approve
    • If Council accepts the application, a Works Access Permit is approved. You will get an email to let you know it has been approved. Your approved WAP, TMP and conditions will be attached to this email. 
  5. Completion
    • Once you’ve finished the work, you will need to let us know and complete a Works Completion Notice (A9 Form).
  6. Warranty
    • As part of the conditions for the work, you have to fix any problems found in your completed work for 24 months.
    • Warranty begins after the Practical Completion has been signed off.


Who needs a WAP?

Anyone working within the council’s Transport Corridor, including work on berms and footpaths. State Highways are controlled separately by the NZTA.

Why do I need a WAP?

WAPs are needed for various reasons including: protecting council assets, protecting other utility assets that are located within the councils’ road reserves, improving the safety of motorists, improving the safety of those working in the road reserve and co-ordinating work in the road reserve to reduce conflicts.

What happens if I don't have a WAP?

If you do not have a WAP you will be asked to stop work and restrictions to your future network access may be implemented/enforced.

What information do I need to include with my Corridor Access Request (CAR)?

You will need to include a Traffic Management Plan (TMP), Full scope of Works (A3 Form), consents, plans or photos.

How long does a WAP take?

If all the information in your application is adequate, your WAP will be approved within 15 working days.

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