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Planning and Resource Consents
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Rural property numbering

Rural properties are identified using a standard numbering system called RAPID—Rural Address Property Identification System.

The major benefit of RAPID numbering is that it saves time locating properties and occupants - especially for emergency services (ambulance, fire service, police).

How RAPID works

Properties are given a unique number based on their distance along a road from its start point or intersection with another road.

The number given to a property is calculated by multiplying the number of kilometres that property is from the start point of the road by 100.

Numbers of the right side of the road are even, those on the left side are odd.

Ongoing Maintenance and Replacement

Ongoing maintenance and replacement of the numbers are your responsibility. You should also control roadside vegetation so that the number remains clearly visible to passing vehicles.

If you have any questions about maintenance, position of RAPID numbers or would like to order a new number plate please contact us.


If you are subdividing, a new RAPID number will only be required for any new entrance ways created and will only be issued upon request. The existing entrance way will retain the current RAPID number and new numbers will be allocated to any new lots utilising the existing entrance way. This is because the RAPID number is based on a measured distance along a road.

Apply for a RAPID number

Numbers are allocated on request where a formed entrance exists, and are usually triggered by a building consent application.  Alternatively you may download the Application Form below or collect one from our Customer Services Centre.

Request for Rural Property Number - RAPID form can be downloaded from the related document link below.

Place your RAPID plate close to your driveway, on a letterbox, gatepost or fence facing the road.

It's not possible to change the number on request, as it reflects the distance along the road.  We cannot change the number without compromising the integrity of the numbering system.

Properties on a state highway

State highway roads in the Hastings District may also have a local name for a portion of the road e.g. Korokipo Rd, Links Rd etc. The numbering works the same way and retains continuity along the entire section of the state highway within the district.

Can my stockyard or packing shed have a RAPID number?

Yes. Council is able to provide a RAPID number to any property as long as it has a formed entrance.

View the example of RAPID number

Building Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Building Consents Fee (incl GST)
Note: The following levies are applicable:
Note: a) Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) levy assessed at $1.00 per $1,000. This levy is applicable where the value of the building project exceeds $20,000 in total inclusive of GST.
Note: b) Building Order (DBH) levy assessed at $2.01 per $1,000. This levy is applicable where the value of the building project exceeds $20,444 in total inclusive of GST.
Note: Building consent application fees are charges by hourly rate. Fees will be charged when the consent has been granted and is ready for issue and will include inspection fees for the anticipated inspections required.
Note: Inspection fees are charges as a fixed fee reflecting actual and reasonable costs for conduction inspections within specified zones. Building inspection fees include mileage costs and are charged on a fixed fee by zone basis. Actual costs may be charges at Council's discretion.
Note: Certificate of Acceptance application fees are charged by hourly rate for the time spent assessing and processing the application. An initial deposit is required deposit and is payable on application. Other current building consent fees, together with standard charges, levies including development levies, and inspection fees may also apply, plus any fees, charges, or levies that would have been payable had a consent been applied for before the work was carried out, unless the work was carried out under urgency.
Note: Building consent applications may be catergorised as minor works on a case by case basis
Note: Fixed fees for solar and solid fuel heater consents referenced in this scheduleinclude the relevant BCA Accrediation fee
Note: A vehicle rate of $0.77/km (including GST) return journey or portion thereof will be charged for all necessary inspections or site visits.
Note: Unless otherwise specified in this schedule all applications for Project Information Memoranda, Land Information Memoranda, Building Consents, requests for information or approval, and any other application, includingany required inspections or certificates of compliance, will be charged at the actual cost. Fees will be charged at the following rates plus disbursements.
Standard Charges
Building Officers (Hourly Rate)$170.00 
Building Technicians (Hourly Rate)$130.00 
Section 73 & section 77 Certificates (Building Act 2004) (each) - plus inspection costs$250.00 
Compliance Schedule (Building Act 2004)$300.00 
Building Act Compliance Certificiates$100.00 
Demolition Consent Fee (Hourly Rate)$170.00 
Earthquake Prone Buildings exemption application (Hourly Rate)$170.00 
Rural Address Property Identification (Rapid No)$20.00 
Community Signs - Booking Fee$35.00 
Issued amended Compliance Schedule$200.00 
Building Warrant of Fitness (Administration and Inspection)$150.00 
Issuing Certificates for Public Use$245.00 

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