Guides relating to the use and development of properties.

This practice note includes rule interpretation, processing guidance and standard conditions for billboard applications. It was prepared as a guide for Council staff, but resource consent applicants and agents may also find it useful.

Character Areas (previously known as Special Amenity Areas or SAMs) are areas in residential neighbourhoods that are distinctive from their surroundings and are considered to have a character worthy of retention.

The Christchurch District Plan includes character area overlays in 15 Christchurch locations as well as one each for Lyttelton and Akaroa.

Christchurch suburban character area design guides

The character overlays within Christchurch City have associated rules controlling works visible from the street or within the front yard setback and also where they involve changes to the building facades.

Lyttelton and Akaroa character area design guides

Within the Lyttelton and Akaroa character area overlays, resource consent is needed for external additions, alterations or demolition, as well as the erection of new buildings and the relocation of buildings on to a site. 

Chapter 14 Residential of the District Plan outlines the rules relating to Character Areas, or you can contact our Duty Planner for more information. 

Follow these guidelines to prepare an Integrated Transport Assessment.

The Integrated Transport Assessment [PDF, 1.3 MB] guidelines include information on what an ITA is, why and when it is required, and a tool kit to assist applicants in developing an Integrated Transport Assessment for a proposed development.

This guide has been prepared to assist quarry operators when preparing a quarry site rehabilitation plan (QSRP).

This guide includes information on:

  • the Christchurch District Plan requirements for quarry site rehabilitation
  • what should be included in a quarry site rehabilitation plan
  • the Council’s process for certifying quarry site rehabilitation plans.

Quarry site rehabilitation plan guide (August 2018) [PDF, 16 MB]

The Christchurch City and lowland Canterbury streamside planting guide.

The Christchurch City and Lowland Canterbury Streamside Planting Guide provides information on what plant species are preferred by Council within riparian margins.

Urban design guides produced by the Council.