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Tauranga City Plan

4B.2  Permitted Activity Rules

Updated 11 September 2018


Note: Where an activity does not comply with a Permitted Activity Rule it shall be considered a Restricted Discretionary Activity, unless stated otherwise.


4B.2.1 Parking, Manoeuvring and Loading in the Port Industry Zone

On-site parking, on-site manoeuvring and vehicle loading requirements shall not apply to any activity within the Port Industry Zone provided that all parking, manoeuvring and loading areas provided to meet the demand or operational requirement for that activity are contained wholly within the Port Industry Zone.

4B.2.2 On-Site Parking Requirements – City Centre Zone

No on-site car parking minimums apply to activities within the City Centre Zone.


Note: Other legislation may contain requirements to provide on-site carparks for certain occupancy types.


4B.2.3 On-Site Parking Requirements – General

  1. The minimum on-site parking requirements in Appendix 4A: General Minimum On-Site Parking and Loading Requirements shall apply to all activities not otherwise provided for by Rule 4B.2.2 - On-Site Parking Requirements – City Centre Zone and Rule 4B.2.11 - On-Site Parking – Extensions and Alterations to a Lawfully Established Activity.

    Note: Activities, excluding activities within the Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Plan Area and the Historic Village site, that provide more than 25 on-site carparks under this Rule shall be considered a Restricted Discretionary Activity under Rule 4B.4(b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules.

    Note: Any activity, excluding temporary activities, within the Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Plan Area and the Historic Village site, as shown on Appendix 4Q: Seventeenth Avenue Commercial Areas, shall be exempt from Rule 4B.4(b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules and Rule 4B.4.1.1 – Provision of More than 25 Carparks.

    Note: Other legislation may contain requirements to provide on-site carparks for certain occupancy types.


  2. If an activity is not listed in Appendix 4A: General Minimum On-Site Parking and Loading Requirements the parking standard for the activity listed that is closest in vehicle generation characteristics and parking demand shall be applied; 
  3. Where the calculation of the number of carparks results in a fractional number, that fraction shall be rounded to the nearest whole number;
  4. Where a site contains, or is proposed to contain, more than one activity, the parking requirement for each activity shall be determined separately;
  5. All on-site parking shall be located within the site;
  6. For any residential independent dwelling unit on a site, stacked on-site parking space shall be permitted provided the stacking area is exclusive of the on-site manoeuvring area;
  7. Any activity (excluding activities in Rural Zones) required to provide parking and loading spaces in accordance with Rule 4B.2.3 a) and b) On Site Parking Requirements - General shall ensure that all areas on the site used for vehicle parking, access, manoeuvring and loading/unloading shall be formed and sealed with an all weather surface prior to the activity commencing.

4B.2.4 On-Site Parking Design


Note: The New Zealand Building Code has specific requirements for disabled parking provision and parking within buildings.


All on-site carparks shall be designed to the following standards:

  1. Maximum gradient of 1 in 5 with break-over angles eased by a short transition slope;
  2. Individual space dimensions in accordance with Appendix 4B: Parking Stall Dimensions. For the purposes of this rule, the dimensions shall apply in all situations even when no building is involved;
  3. For parking and manoeuvring areas adjoining a primary arterial or secondary arterial road a kerb or similar barrier shall separate the parking area from the road boundary with the following dimensions:
    1. For angled parking not less than 0.15 metres high and 0.6 metres wide;
    2. For parallel parking not less than 0.15 metres high and at least 0.15 metres wide.

4B.2.5 On-Site Manoeuvring

  1.  All activities with vehicle access to the strategic road network or collector roads as shown on the City Road Hierarchy Plan (see Diagram 1, Section 5, Plan Maps Part B) and not otherwise listed in Rule 4B.6 - Non-complying Activities, shall provide on-site manoeuvring such that all vehicles can enter and exit the site without reversing on to the road. Such manoeuvring shall be able to be executed in no more than a three-point turn;
  2. All activities shall provide on-site manoeuvring for a 90 percentile car in accordance with Appendix 4D: 90 Percentile Tracking Curve for a Car provided that reversing may be permitted only on to a local road where less than five carparks are provided on-site;
  3. Every activity in a Commercial Zone or Industrial Zone shall provide on-site manoeuvring for:
    1. A 90 percentile two-axle truck in accordance with Appendix 4E: 90 Percentile Tracking Curve for an 8 metre Rigid Two Axle Truck;
    2. Articulated trucks and trailers or buses where they are likely to visit the site in accordance with Appendix 4F: 90 Percentile Tracking Curve for a 19 metre Truck;
      in such a way that all vehicles can enter and exit the site without reversing. Such manoeuvring shall be able to be executed in no more than a three-point turn;
  4. Notwithstanding Rule 4B.2.5 c) – On-site Manoeuvring, any activity that has a vehicle access to a State Highway and is required to provide a heavy goods vehicle loading space shall provide on-site manoeuvring for a 90 percentile 19-metre long semi-trailer combination 4-axle truck in accordance with Appendix 4F: 90 Percentile Tracking Curve for an 19 metre Truck;
  5. On-site manoeuvring shall not be required where the activity has access to a formed service lane;
  6. Minimum aisle and accessway widths shall be 3 metres for a one-way flow and 5.5 metres for a two-way flow.

4B.2.6 Vehicle Loading Requirements

  1. All activities, except those located within the City Centre Zone, shall provide loading spaces in accordance with Appendix 4A: General Minimum On-Site Parking & Loading Requirements. Where loading spaces are required they shall be located:
    1. On the same site as the activity;
    2. Exclusive of any vehicle parking space or manoeuvring area required by the Plan;
    3. Where the loading/unloading space directly faces a road, it shall be set back at least 5 metres from the road boundary;
  2. Vehicle loading spaces shall not be required where the activity has access to a formed service lane;
  3. Vehicle loading spaces shall be designed to accommodate a 90 percentile two-axle truck in accordance with Appendix 4E: 90 Percentile Tracking Curve for an 8 m Rigid Two-Axle Truck, and where articulated trucks and trailers or buses are to be used, loading spaces shall also be designed to accommodate these vehicles;
  4. Every vehicle loading space shall be of useable shape of the following dimensions:
    1. Minimum width of 3.5 metres;
    2. Minimum depth of 8 metres;
    3. Minimum height of 3.8 metres above ground or floor level.

4B.2.7 Site Access and Vehicle Crossings


Note: Creation of a new vehicle access (or accesses) onto the strategic road network, not otherwise listed within Rule 4B.6 – Non-Complying Activities, shall be considered a Restricted Discretionary Activity.


  1. The location of vehicle access points from an intersection shall be in accordance with Appendix 4G: Location of Access Points from Intersections;
  2. Vehicle crossing points serving a business activity site shall be a minimum width of 4 metres, and a maximum width of 9 metres on the site boundary;
  3. Vehicle crossing points serving a business activity site where articulated trucks and trailers or buses are likely to be used shall be designed to accommodate these vehicles;
  4. Vehicle crossing-point widths for other activities shall be a minimum width of 2.7 metres on the site boundary;
  5. Where vehicle entrance locations are altered, the crossing area no longer required shall be reinstated as verge and/or footpath and kerbs replaced. The cost of such work shall be borne by the owner of the property served by the former crossing;
  6. The minimum sight distance from vehicle access points shall be in accordance with Appendix 4H: Calculating Sight Distances;
  7. Access points on to Taurikura Drive where Rule 18A.14.3.2 Traffic Management, Safety and Convenience does not apply are permitted subject to compliance with Rule 4B.2.7 Site Access and Vehicle Crossings a), b), c), e) and f).

4B.2.8 Points of Service for Developments with Direct Access onto the Strategic Road Network

  1. Any activity involving the retail dispensing of vehicle fuels shall locate the fuel pumps a minimum of 10 metres from the mid-point on the boundary of any vehicle crossing onto the strategic road network. For truck stops this distance must be at least 18 metres;
  2. All other drive-in facility activities with direct access onto the strategic road network shall have the first point of service activities set back a minimum distance of 20 metres from the edge of the road carriageway in accordance with Appendix 4I: Location of Points of Service where there is direct access onto the Strategic Road Network.

4B.2.9 Sight-Lines at Uncontrolled Railway Crossings

  1. Where a railway and road intersect on the same level, no building or other physical obstruction which might block the sight-lines shall be permitted within an area shown as the shaded areas on Appendix 4J: Sight Lines at Uncontrolled Railway Crossings for 100km/h Train Speeds;
  2. Other sight-lines (other than specified in Rule 4B.2.9 – Sight Lines at Uncontrolled Railway Crossings) shall be permitted when the written consent of New Zealand Railway Corporation has been obtained before a building consent is issued.

4B.2.10 On-Site Parking and Integrated Transport Assessments – Tauriko Business Estate or Wairakei Urban Growth Area

Where an activity within the Tauriko Business Estate or the Wairakei Urban Growth Area is required to provide more than 25 on-site car parks, calculated in accordance with Appendix 4A: General Minimum On-Site Parking and Loading Requirements, Rule 4B.4 b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not apply. 

  1. Where an activity within the Tauriko Business Estate or the Wairakei Neighbourhood Centre Zone, Papamoa East Employment Zone, and Wairakei Town Centre (Core and Fringe) is required to provide more than 25 on-site car parks, calculated in accordance with Appendix 4A: General Minimum On-Site Parking and Loading Requirements, Rule 4B.4 b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not apply; or 
  2. Where an activity is a Comprehensively Designed Development Wairakei Residential Zone Medium Rise Plan Area and is required to provide more than 25 on-site car parks, calculated in accordance with Appendix 4A: General Minimum On-Site Parking and Loading Requirements, Rule 4B.4 b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not apply. For the avoidance of doubt Rule 4B.4 b) shall apply to the Wairakei Residential Zone and any activity within Medium Rise Plan Area that is not a comprehensively designed development.

4B.2.11 On-Site Parking – Extensions and Alterations to a Lawfully Established Activity

Where alterations and extensions to a lawfully established activity or building occur that take the total number of on-site parking spaces lawfully provided on-site beyond 25 or any number specified by a resource consent granted for the activity on the site, Rule 4B.4 b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not apply:

  1. Provided the greater of the following is not exceeded:
    1. 5 additional carpark spaces;
    2. An additional 10% of the total carparking spaces lawfully provided, up to a maximum of 15 additional spaces. For the avoidance of doubt, Rule 4B.4 b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not apply where the number of additional parking spaces provided (if any) in association with alterations or extension does not exceed this number of spaces, regardless of the number of spaces required to be provided as calculated in accordance with Appendix 4A: General Minimum On-Site Parking and Loading Requirements;
    3. For the avoidance of doubt, this rule can be used by any lawful or consented activity up to the limits in (i) and (ii) above, with any exceedance over those limits requiring a resource consent under Rule 4B.4 b) – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules.
  2. The parking required to be provided is within the number of car parks previously consented for the activity on the site but not yet physically constructed.

4B.2.12 Service Lanes

Where a site is affected by a designation for a proposed service lane, any activity on the land shall be in accordance with the service lane widths and dimensions specified in the service lane diagrams contained in Section 4 (Plan Maps, Part B) (Service Land Diagrams).

4B.2.13 Zoning of Stopped or Closed Road

Land which is a stopped or closed road shall cease to be zoned Road Zone and shall acquire the zoning of the adjoining land up to and including the centre line of the road. The rules of that zone shall then apply accordingly.


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