Road Opening Notice (RON)
Code and Application Form
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Section A - Code of Practice for Working on the Road
Standards NZ Handbook 2002:2003
Operating Procedures for Waitomo District Council
These operating procedures have been produced to enable the
code to be adapted to meet the particular requirements of the
District. Comments are indicated by italic typeface.
The Standards New Zealand handbook – “Code of Practice for
Working in the Road” has been developed to ensure that public
utility services are installed and reinstated in the roading cor-
ridor in a safe and acceptable manner.
Waitomo District Council has adopted the “Code of Practice for
Working in the Road” with the guidelines and additions set out
in these Operating Procedures.
1.0 General Requirements
The District Council as the road controlling authority is required
to ensure that any works carried out within the road corridor
are carefully planned and managed to ensure efcient use of
the road corridor. Council is also required to ensure that any
works within the road corridor cause a minimum of public in-
convenience, are carried out in a safe manner and are properly
reinstated to avoid unnecessary deterioration of the road asset
(as dened in the code denitions).
The code deals with the roles and responsibilities of the road
controlling authorities, utility providers and their various con-
Additional to the denitions provided in the code:
• “Minor works” shall include works on installation or reloca-
tion of a single utility connection or pole.
• “Major works” shall include works on installation or relo-
cation of a more than one utility connection or pole in the
• “Project Works” shall include installation of cabinets and
other utility control devices.
1.4 Workplace Health and Safety
The health and safety of all people affected by the work in the
road is of the utmost importance. That shall include those per-
sons carrying out the works road users and adjoining property
2.0 Roles and Responsibilities
2.1 Road Controlling Authority (RCA)
The RCA has a responsibility to ensure that the condition and
life of the asset is not unnecessarily reduced.
2.2 Principal Providers (Utility Operators)
Principal Providers include the utility operator responsible for
ownership and maintenance of the services occupying space,
above or below ground, in the roading corridor.
2.3 Quality Assurance
Council requires a minimum of TQS2 quality plan for all Minor
Works within road reserve and TQS1 quality plan for all Major
and Project works.
3.1 State Highways
Within urban areas Transit NZ and the appropriate District
Council share the responsibility for state highway road corri-
dors. Transit is responsible for rural state highways but Council
often has utility services in rural areas.
The principal provider shall apply for a road opening notice
from both District Council and Transit New Zealand for Works
on State Highways.
Temporary Trafc Management Plans (TMP’s) on State High-
ways are required to comply with the relevant section of Transit
New Zealand’s Code of Practice for Temporary Trafc Manage-
ment COPTTM manual and shall be authorised and approved
by their agent (presently Transeld Services for this area) be-
fore work commences.
3.2 Preliminary Notication
Preliminary notication is required for all Project Works.
Preliminary notication will assist with planning and co-ordina-
tion of projects and should be applied for as early in the project
planning as possible. If projects are to be co-ordinated with
road surfacing the principal provider should note that the road
surfacing season is limited.
3.3 Road Opening Notice (RON)
A road opening notice is required for all Minor, Major and
Project Works at least 15 days before the proposed work start
date. Legislation provides for the RCA to set reasonable condi-
tions usually within 20 days of receiving the notice. However,
Council will undertake to issue the RON with any appropriate
conditions within 15 days of receiving a fully completed appli-