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Rural property numbering

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

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 or position of RAPID numbers please contact us via email.


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 or replace 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 apply for or request a replacement RAPID number by completing the online application form.


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.


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