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What can I do in my zone?He aha ngā āheitanga i taku rohe?

To find out what you can do on your property, you need to know what zone your property is in.

What are zones?

Under the Napier Operative District Plan, and the Proposed District Plan, zones manage how different areas are used, developed or protected.

All land in Napier has a zone.

In general, the way that land is zoned reflects how it is used and what sort of activities happen there. Zoning can also identify how the way land is used is expected to change in the future.

Why we have zoning rules

Zoning rules require us to consider potential effects development or activity might have on:

  • environment
  • heritage
  • culture
  • conservation
  • people.

For instance, in some zones you can do more intensive development than others.

What you can build and where

Each zone has rules specifying things like:

  • what you can build
  • how high you're allowed to build
  • how you can use the land
  • what sort of activities you can use buildings or land for (housing, business, offices, light or heavy industrial, etc).

The rules also cover things like how far apart houses have to be, how much outdoor space they need to have, and how many dwellings you can build on a site.

Check the zone for your property

To find out which zone your house is in, look up your address on the Napier City Council GIS maps.

Zone overlays

In a district plan, there are zones for certain development activities. Examples are rural, commercial, or residential zones. There can also be overlays applicable to these zones and precincts.

Overlays generally apply tighter controls over an area than the underlying zone does, although in some cases they can be more enabling. You can find overlays applicable to your property on the Napier City Council GIS maps. When you view your property on the Napier City Council GIS maps you can look at the property zoning, and then select the layer you want to view from the list provided. All the different overlays will give you a better understanding of what might be allowed for your property.

Subdividing your property

For information, see check if you can subdivide your property page here.


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