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Tauranga City Plan

Definitions - H

Updated 16 November 2020

habitable room

Any room or rooms in any residential building(s), visitor accommodation or homestay but excludes any kitchen, laundry, bathroom, water closet, any rooms used solely as an entrance hall, passageway, stairway or garage, or room of a specialised nature occupied neither frequently nor for extended periods.

Proposed Amendment

habitable room

Any room or rooms in any residential building(s), visitor accommodation or homestay but excludes any kitchen, laundry, bathroom, water closet, any rooms used solely as an entrance hall, passageway, stairway or garage, or room of a specialised nature occupied neither frequently nor for extended periods.

"Means any room used for the purposes of teaching or used as a living room, dining room, sitting room, bedroom and office or other room specified in the Plan to be a similarly occupied room."

Plan Change 27 - Legal effect


For the purposes of the Plan a Maori sub-tribe or clan usually comprising a number of whanau (families) linked through a common ancestor.

hard protection works

Any manmade building or structure that has the function of protecting a building, structure or land from inundation or erosion by the sea. 

hazardous substance

Any substance which may impair human, plant, or animal health or may adversely affect the health or safety of any person or the environment, and whether or not contained in or forming part of any other substance or thing and:

  1. Includes substances prescribed by regulations of relevant legislation;
  2. Does not include substances prescribed by regulations associated with relevant legislation as not being hazardous substances.

hazardous substance facility

Activities involving hazardous substances, including vehicles for their transport, and sites at which these substances are stored, used, handled and disposed of. Hazardous substance facility does not include vehicles or applicators being used to apply diluted agrichemical substances in a manner consistent with their intended use, or the incidental use and storage of hazardous substances in minimal domestic quantities for domestic use or retail sale. 

health centre

Land and buildings used for the purposes of human or animal health care (including treatment) diagnosis, consultation and laboratories to assist in this process. 

heavy machinery

A fixed or portable mechanical device with a tare weight of more than 3.5 tonnes, and includes a motor vehicle (other than a motorcar that is not used, kept, or available for the carriage of passengers for hire or reward) having a gross laden weight exceeding 3,500kg. 


In relation to any buildings and unless provided for in any other part of the Plan, means the vertical distance between the ground level at any point and the highest part of the building immediately above that point, measured at the external envelope of the building.

Note: The height of a building or structure excludes the permitted intrusions outlined at in Rule 4H.2.3 – Permitted Height and Viewshaft Protection Area Intrusions and Rule 4H.2.4 – Permitted Activities – Permitted Intrusions for Radio Configuration in the Residential and Rural Residential Zone of the Plan. Where a building is within 0.2 metres of the maximum permitted building height certification from a licensed surveyor may be required to establish compliance with the maximum permitted building height.

heritage tree

Means a tree listed in Appendix: 7C Register of Heritage Trees which forms part of the historic heritage of the City.

high density

For the purpose of residential density means residential areas characterised by predominantly multi-unit residential developments including attached units, town houses and apartment buildings with a density of dwellings greater than 1 independent dwelling unit per 200m2 of gross site area.

high-voltage transmission network

The network of transmission electric lines and associated support structures owned and operated by Transpower New Zealand Limited operating at or above 66kV.

historic heritage

Has the same meaning as in the Resource Management Act 1991 which:
  1. Means those natural and physical resources that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of New Zealand's history and cultures, deriving from any of the following qualities:
    1. archaeological;
    2. architectural;
    3. cultural;
    4. historic;
    5. scientific;
    6. technological;
  2. Includes:
    1. historic sites, structures, places, and areas;
    2. archaeological sites;
    3. sites of significance to Maori, including wahi tapu;
    4. surroundings associated with the natural and physical resources.

home-based business

An occupation, craft, business or activity that is clearly incidental to the permitted residential use of a site and is conducted on a continuous or repetitive basis for commercial gain, and includes premises used for the purpose of home based childcare. For the avoidance of doubt a sign shall not be considered a home-based business in its own right.

home based childcare

The supervision within an independent dwelling unit of not more than three children additional to the children under the primary care of the occupant of that dwelling, for the purpose of financial gain.


A portion of an independent dwelling unit (excluding a secondary independent dwelling unit) occupied on a temporary (periods of up to 3 months continuous occupation during any 12 month period) basis and includes bed and breakfast establishments. 


Areas of high concentrations of contaminants such as sheep and cattle dips, spray pads or sheds, spray equipment wash down areas, bulk fuel storage, uncontrolled dumping of chemical containers, glasshouses, bio-solid sites, farm dumps, sumps, implement and fertiliser sheds and offal pits.  

household unit

Means a building or group of buildings occupied exclusively as the home or residence of not more than one household.


A meeting or gathering for any number of purposes, e.g. weddings, fundraising, galas, anniversaries, group discussion

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