Invercargill City District Plan 2019

As in every other district in New Zealand, Invercargill has a District Plan. This Plan is prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991 to manage land use, subdivision and development within the District. It identifies where activities can take place, what land can be developed and what natural and cultural features should be protected.  It is a Council document that not only helps Council fulfill its legal obligations and ultimately aims to promote the sustainable use of the District’s resources, but it can also be used to implement the community’s vision for the City into the future.

The District Plan was made operative on 30 August 2019.

You can access the individual parts of the Plan by clicking on the links below. The files will download as PDFs.

The Planning and Hazard Information Maps are available below in PDF format, but the information can also be viewed on Invercargill Maps should you wish to look at the information at a property-by-property level.


Part One – Introduction and Interpretation

This part of the Plan includes the contents and general introductory text on how the plan works. This part also includes the definitions, abbreviations and a glossary of terms.

Part Two – Issues, Objectives and Policies

This Part of the Plan includes the Issues, Objectives and Policies for both District Wide matters as well as Area Specific matters.

Part Three – Rules

This Part of the Plan includes the Rules for the District Wide and Area Specific Matters. The table of designations is also included in this Part of the Plan.

Part Four – Appendices – 1-6

The Appendices in this Part are:

  • Information to accompany applications;
  • Criteria for Significant Indigenous Biodiversity Assessment Undertaken in 1999;
  • Heritage Record;
  • Statutory Acknowledgements – Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998;
  • Concept Plans; and
  • Outline Development Plan Areas

Part Four Appendices – 7-16

The Appendices in this Part are:

  • Conditions of Requirements and Designations;
  • NES for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health.
  • Hazardous Substances;
  • Educational Activity (Existing);
  • Transport Standards;
  • Council’s Sewerage and Water Reticulation Areas;
  • NES for Telecommunications Facilities;
  • NES for Electricity Transmission Activities;
  • Noise Sensitive Insulation Requirements; and
  • Schedule of Heavy Industries


District Plan legend
Index map

Related maps: airport approach and seismic hazard

Airport Approach – Overview

Airport Approach – Detail

Seismic Amplification Susceptibility

Seismic Liquefaction Susceptibility

Explanation of Hazard Data – January 2017

Data Sources – January 2017

Related Comments

Amplified Ground Shaking and Liquefaction Susceptibility report prepared for the Council by GNS Science.

The Proposed Invercargill City District Plan – Appeals version 2017

Invercargill City District Plan 2005


Plan Changes

Te Puawai Decision – will be integrated into district plan document in the coming month