Draft Policy on Rentals for Encroachments on Council Land

UPDATE 12 SEPTEMBER 2017: Adoption of the Policy:

Council has adopted a Rentals for Encroachments on Council Land Policy that sets out a framework for how Council may charge rental for the private use of unformed roads and reserves, where there is financial benefit for the user.

To find out more, check out the Decision Story.

Good news! We've extended the feedback period so you now have until Friday, 5 May 2017 to let us know what you think.

Council has recently adopted a draft policy on Rentals for Encroachments on Council land and wants your feedback on the policy before it is finalised.

What is the purpose of the draft policy?

The policy sets out how Council will charge a rental for the use of unformed roads and reserves where there is a private financial benefit being gained.

For example, where there is ongoing horticultural use of council land by an adjacent landowner - such as a commercial orchard. However, it will not apply to where the encroachment does not generate a private financial benefit – such as the extension of a residential garden onto a reserve.

There are two key parts of the policy:

  1. The setting of market rental rates for different types of land use through Council’s annual Schedule of Fees and Charges.

  2. Discounts to the market rates that may be applied. This will help reflect that some occupiers may not have exclusive use of the land (particularly on an unformed road) and recognise maintenance carried out on the land (which would otherwise be a cost to Council).


Have your say

Please provide your feedback by filling out the feedback form in the tab named 'Surveys & Forms' below. Consultation ends on Friday 5 May 2017.

Good news! We've extended the feedback period so you now have until Friday, 5 May 2017 to let us know what you think.

Council has recently adopted a draft policy on Rentals for Encroachments on Council land and wants your feedback on the policy before it is finalised.

What is the purpose of the draft policy?

The policy sets out how Council will charge a rental for the use of unformed roads and reserves where there is a private financial benefit being gained.

For example, where there is ongoing horticultural use of council land by an adjacent landowner - such as a commercial orchard. However, it will not apply to where the encroachment does not generate a private financial benefit – such as the extension of a residential garden onto a reserve.

There are two key parts of the policy:

  1. The setting of market rental rates for different types of land use through Council’s annual Schedule of Fees and Charges.

  2. Discounts to the market rates that may be applied. This will help reflect that some occupiers may not have exclusive use of the land (particularly on an unformed road) and recognise maintenance carried out on the land (which would otherwise be a cost to Council).


Have your say

Please provide your feedback by filling out the feedback form in the tab named 'Surveys & Forms' below. Consultation ends on Friday 5 May 2017.

  • Draft Policy on Rentals for Encroachments on Council Land

    Thanks for having your say on proposed changes to the Draft Policy on Rentals for Encroachments on Council Land.

    Thanks for having your say on proposed changes to the Draft Policy on Rentals for Encroachments on Council Land.

    UPDATE 12 SEPTEMBER 2017: Adoption of the Policy:

    Council has adopted a Rentals for Encroachments on Council Land Policy that sets out a framework for how Council may charge rental for the private use of unformed roads and reserves, where there is financial benefit for the user.

    To find out more, check out the Decision Story.