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Footpaths, berms, street lights and bridges

Council is responsible for approximately 540km of roads, 700 km of footpaths and more than a million square metres of berms around the city. We also manage and maintain 12,000 street lights 13,000 road signs and 10 vehicle bridges.


Footpaths are for people and it is the adjacent residents responsibility to keep any trees, shrubs or plants on their boundary clear of the footpath so pedestrians can get past easily and safely. If any clearance work needs doing the contractor will drop a leaflet in the residents letter box requesting the clearance to be done. (As at March 2012 this had a success rate of about 85%.)

Council inspects all footpaths in the City annually to check for overgrowth. Street trees are trimmed as required and where leaving leaflets with residents is not appropriate the contractor will clear any vegetation back to the edge of the footpath and to a height of 2.4 m for overhanging vegetation such as trees. Where the limbs on the vegetation are thicker than 25 mm the concern will be referred to the City Arborist.

Tauranga City Council spends:

  • approximately $220,000 annually on repairs and maintenance of existing footpaths
  • approximately $250,000 on footpath cleaning, predominately in city centre and retail areas

Footpath repairs will be done either if there is a 25 mm lip (usually caused by tree roots), or there is a piece missing which could catch the heel of a ladies dress shoe. If the footpath is cracked or worn but it is safe it will not be repaired.

Repairs generally take about a fortnight to be done from the time that they are marked, but this can change depending on the amount of work that is programmed at the time, and if there are problems with the roots from an adjacent tree.


Grass berms and verges are generally on Council owned land. Council encourages residents to mow the berms outside their property, which not only helps keep our city looking tidy but also helps keep rates down.

Council's policy is to mow berms when they get to 300mm high. If you wish to discuss this policy and how it effects you please call us on 07 577 7000 for more information.

Berms and verges information (75kb pdf)

Planting the verge outside your property

Occasionally Council will allow residents to plant the verge outside their property.  This is on condition that the resident takes responsibility for ongoing maintenance and either ensures the next owners take over that responsibility or that the verge is returned to grass when the property is sold.

To apply for permission to plant the berm outside your property please contact Council.

Use of public space and property Policy (16kb pdf)


The street light in my street is not going.  How do I get it fixed?

Call Council on 07 577 7000 and we will arrange for a contractor to repair it. Please give a good description of the location of the light, such as a street address, and a description of the problem because the contractor will repair it during the day when the lights are not going and will not be able to see what is wrong.

The lighting in our street is very dull.  How do we get it improved?

Council has a programme to upgrade street lighting in older parts of the city to the latest standards. To check which streets are scheduled for work contact us on 07 577 7000.

The street light outside my house shines into the bedroom at night. It is very annoying. Is there anything you can do to prevent this?

It may be possible to modify the light fitting to reduce the amount of light 'spill' onto private property. Please contact Council for assistance.

The street light down our right of way is not working. How do I get it fixed?

Lights in private lanes or right of ways are owned by the properties down the lane. Power and repair charges are the responsibility of the property owners. You will need to contact an electrical contractor for assistance.


Tauranga City Council owns and maintains 12 bridges throughout the city. The longest is the Chapel Street bridge at 134m.  The shortest bridge is the Oropi Road Bridge south of SH29 at 13m long.

Bridge inspection is carried out annually from which maintenance requirements are identified and repairs carried out. Additionally, there are New Zealand Transport Agency owned State Highway bridges, including the longest bridge and the harbour bridge at 480m long. Harbour Link is the name of Tauranga’s Harbour Bridge and it is also part of the state highway network, the first bridge was opened in 1988 and the second bridge was opened in 2009.  

The bridge clearance level is 9.5m from the high spring tide water level to the apex of the bridge. 

Last Reviewed: 13/12/2017

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