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Corridor access

A Corridor Access Request (CAR) is an application for a permit to carry out works within the road reserve.

It is required to ensure all work sites in the road reserve are as safe as possible for workers, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. (The road reserve is defined as boundary to boundary).

A CAR is required for any activity that:

  1. Alters, or creates the need for alterations to the surface of any part of the road reserve (road, footpath, berm)
  2. Changes the everyday manner in which road users (pedestrians, motorists, cyclists) would ordinarily use that section of road reserve

This includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:

  • Excavating, drilling and resurfacing work
  • The placement of any pipe, duct, pole, cabinet or other structure below, on or above the road reserve
  • A new vehicle crossing, driveway works
  • Building construction (commercial)
  • Building demolition and transporting of relocatable buildings
  • Scaffolding works associated with building construction and maintenance
  • Shop front fit outs/repairs/replacements
  • Crane operations
  • Building cleaning/painting over 4 hours
  • Events

How to apply for a corridor access request

Submitica is an application that Tauranga City Council has elected to use for the receipt of CARs for review. Complete the online application

Submitica is owned and maintained by RAMM Software Limited (RSL). RSL created Submitica at the request of the majority of councils in New Zealand to make the CAR submission process as simple, efficient and reliable as possible.

Note: No fees are associated with the usage of Submitica application itself. However, Tauranga City Council fees and charges may apply.

Submitica guidelines for submitting a corridor access request (129kb pdf)

Note: CAR applications may require additional information such as:

  • A Traffic Management Plan (TMP)
  • Site or layplan
    • ensure the plan is clear and easy to read
    • must be site specific and show the full extent of services to be installed, e.g. in the footpath outside 2 First Avenue to 107 First Avenue.
    • any trees and other above ground structures, street furniture, etc., along the planned layout route.
  • Evidence of consultation with other parties.
  • Photos of the work site
  • For utility installations an elevation photo of the proposal is required.

Locating underground services

Prior to applying for a Corridor Access Request for any excavation within the Road Reserve you must be aware of other in ground utilities. All Utility Operators affected must be advised of your intention to undertake work and seek approval where required. 

The below sites will help you to locate and protect underground pipes, cables and wires in the area you are planning to work:

Tauranga City Council Services MAPI
MAPI user guide information
For other utility services Before u Dig

Works access permit (WAP)

Once the traffic management team has approved your CAR application they will issue you with a works access  permit.  This your permission to undertake said works. Special conditions may apply, to which you are legally required to follow.


While you are working in the road reserve the traffic management team will make regular inspections to ensure that:

  • efficient traffic flow is maintained on the road during the work
  • safety is maintained on the road and footpaths
  • the footpath/driveways are kept clean - free of construction materials and equipment at all times unless prior arrangements are made with the Corridor Manager
  • applicants must comply with the guidelines set out in our regulatory documents, the Tauranga City Plan and Infrastructure Development Code (IDC)
  • applicants must reinstate any work sites, once work has been completed, to its original state as per the IDC or comply with any special conditions set out by the Corridor Manager
  • all work is documented for future use

Related links

Utilities Access Act 2010
National Code of Practice for Utility Operators’ Access to Transport Corridors
Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (COPTTM)
Local Government Act 2002
Telecommunications Act 2001
Electricity Act 1992
Gas Act 1992
Health and Safety 1992
Health and Safety at work Act 2015

If you would like to discuss your application please contact the traffic management team.

Traffic Management Team  
Corridor Access Manager/TMC
Jo Bellamy
027 703 5652
STMS NP Cat A, B, C - ID 58902, Exp 13/02/2027
Corridor Access Manager/TMC
Michael Mclennan
027 266 6492
STMS NP Cat A, B, C – ID 72001, Exp 15/11/2026

Corridor Access Manager/TMC
Jason Moore
027 238 4508
STMS 2/3 NP, ID 36430, Exp 08/03/2025

TTM Compliance Auditor
Darran Gaylor
027 212 6077
STMS 2/3 NP, ID 25900, Exp 16/04/2025

TTM Compliance Auditor
Billy Angell
027 200 2159
STMS NP Cat A, B, C – ID 24915, Exp 1/05/2026

Team Leader: TTM and Corridor Access
Lindsay Cave
027 215 8506
STMS NP Cat A, B, C – ID 122052, Exp 13/02/2027

For Western Bay of Plenty Local Roads

Richard Shailer
027 582 9602
Email: rxs@westernbay.govt.nz

For Tauranga State Highways

Bryan Kitto
022 015 3050
Email: tm@wsp.com

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