Engineering Standards and Policies

This page lists Tasman District Council's Engineering Standards and Policies.

The current engineering standards are being revised in a joint project with Nelson City Council. The joint Nelson-Tasman Land Development Manual will be finalised late 2017.


The primary purpose of the Engineering Standards and Policies is to ensure that Council’s infrastructure assets achieve acceptable levels of service and that they are modern, cost-effective and durable. The standards were reviewed in 2013 in consultation with consultants, contractors, developers, surveyors and the general public.

Changes to 2013 Standards

Some of the technical changes affecting Council’s infrastructure include:

  • Clarification of the requirements to address erosion and sediment control;
  • Clarification of the requirements for electronic engineering drawings;
  • Clarification of training requirements for contractors;
  • Health and Safety standards;
  • Indemnity for maintenance lowered from six to five years for low impact stormwater designs;
  • Increase of bond amounts to reflect inflation;
  • Requirements on public/private Retaining walls and Subsoil drains;
  • Reworded requirements - building around public underground services;
  • Requirements to apply for a Works Access Permit- WAP and Traffic management Plan-TMP;
  • Increase time from 10 to 15 days notice of a Corridor Access request - CAR;
  • Clarification of Road Closures i.e. 72 days notice;
  • Clarification on soil types;
  • Recommend TP10 (Auckland Design guide) be used for some designs;
  • Erosion and sediment Control plans to be required;
  • Alternative roading designs incorporating principles of NZS 4404 2010 can be submitted for approval of the Engineering Manager;
  • Road Network - standard drawing alterations;
  • Requirements on stormwater pipe design and secondary flow paths to be increased in keeping with climate change, ie, Q50 minimum now changed to Q100 minimum;
  • Allowance for small bore pressure wastewater disposal systems in Industrial/Commercial zoned areas permitted with the approval of the Engineering Manager;
  • Change in preferred water meter and back flow prevention;
  • Electrical Utilities section - updated NZ standards and code reference; and
  • Street lighting in rural and rural-residential areas at Council’s discretion.

Download the Standards

The 2013 standards including all drawings are provided here by chapter in PDF format. You can search on each chapter.

Design Objectives

Design objectives clarify what Council is trying to achieve with the management of each asset. Each section of the standards is followed by the respective appendices and engineering plans which reflect new advances in each infrastructure.

The Engineering Standards and Policies require continuous review and amendment to reflect changes in engineering best practice and feedback from users.

Hard Copy As-Built Plan Requirements

All hard copy as-built plans submitted should be accompanied by point co-ordinates using the format in this example: Electronic Asset Data Coordinates.

Engineering Standards & Policies 2008

You can also download a full copy of the 2008 Engineering Standards & Policies. The 2008 drawings are available in PDF format by emailing the Executive Assistant, Engineering Services.

Streetlight Data Collection Template

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