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This page contains information and advice about the requirement for Traffic Management Plans.
Updated: 7/03/2014 12:45 p.m.

Traffic Management Plans

A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) describes proposed work on any public road. It includes the work programme, how public and contractor safety is ensured, the public notification process and any contingency planning.

Any work that alters the normal operating conditions of a road requires a TMP, such as:

  • excavating the roadway
  • temporary road closure for an event
  • obstruction of footpaths eg for signwriting, window cleaning, painting etc.

Where works involve excavations, we must approve the work before it begins. This is to make sure that reinstatement of surfaces meets the required standards.

Layout diagrams

Layout diagrams are expected as part of the application and must show:

  • what signs and other traffic management devices will be used
  • the setout of the various devices with dimensions
  • a site drawing that reflects the road layout in the location.

Temporary speed limits

Generally Council will not authorise a 30km per hour temporary speed limit when a site is unattended as it tends to be ignored by road users.

The Setting of Speed Limits Rule 2003 requires signs on both sides of the carriageway. If this is not done the speed limit is not enforceable.

Temporary speed limits often need to be combined with other measures to achieve compliance with the speed limit.


Intersection works require specific treatment and are subject to specific approval. In particular, care needs to be taken with any works at or near traffic signals.

This is because of the congestion or delay, safety and service level implications that can arise when works are carried out in these areas.

To download the Traffic Management Plan application form, follow the link below.

Traffic Management Plan Application - Full Form [340kb]

Traffic-Management-Plan-Form-Two .pdfTraffic Management Plan Application - Short Form [289kb]

Working on the roadway

If you plan to work on or excavate a road, you will also need to complete a Corridor Access Request (CAR). All CAR applications need to be accompanied by:

  • a hazard management plan
  • a Traffic Management Plan
  • a works plan
  • a copy of any public notification. (if applicable).

To download and complete the application form, follow the link below.

Corridor Access Request [200kb]

National Codes of Practice

We have adopted two national codes of practice.

National Code for Utilities Access to the Transport Corridors

This is our policy and specifications document. The Code covers the requirements for working in and or occupation of roads within the local road network.

For further information and to view the National Code document, follow the link below.

New Zealand Utilties Advisory Group website(Opens in a new window)

Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management

This code (COPTTM) ensures that all the basic information relating to the proposed works is available to our staff who are assessing the application.

It includes the timeframe for applications which allows time for any issues or queries to be addressed before work starts.

If the COPTTM does not cover the proposed work, the Temporary Traffic Management for Local Roads (Local Roads Supplement) is recognised as a suitable alternative.

These are considered when the application is assessed.

Our staff are available to meet and discuss proposals before you submit your application.

For further information about COPTTM, follow the link below.

New Zealand Transport Agency website (Opens in a new window)

State Highway works

Works on the State Highways which require traffic management need to be submitted to Highways North for approval. Contact them on 0800 111 655.

In some cases work will affect both State Highway and local roads and these situations need approvals from both authorities before work starts.

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