The District Plan defines a sign as follows:
1 any name, figure, image, character, outline, spectacle, display, delineation,
announcement, poster, handbill, or an advertising device, appliance, or things of
a similar advertising nature intended mainly to attract attention, and
2 placed on or fixed to any land or building, or incorporated in the design of any
building (whether by painting or otherwise), and
3 visible from a public space. This excludes signs within buildings and signs for the
management of the legal road.
Temporary signs advertising a community event, electioneering, identifying
construction sites or subdivision developments, or selling land or premises can be
erected within a Residential Area so long as they meet the conditions outlined in rule
Different areas have different rules relating to such things as size, illumination, and
location. Some signs might be permitted and will not require resource consent. Please
check the conditions below.
Area Permitted conditions
Residential Rules 126.96.36.199–188.8.131.52
Central Sign standards 184.108.40.206.1–220.127.116.11.8
Rural Rules 18.104.22.168–22.214.171.124
Suburban Centre Rules 126.96.36.199.1–188.8.131.52.2
Open Space Rules 184.108.40.206–220.127.116.11
Heritage Rules 21D.1.1
Institutional Precincts Rules 18.104.22.168.1–22.214.171.124.2
Airport and Golf Course Recreation Precinct Rules 126.96.36.199.1.–188.8.131.52.4
Conservation sites Rules 184.108.40.206–220.127.116.11
What information should I provide to the Council with my application?
A resource consent application will require:
1 scaled plans showing what the sign will look like and where it will be located; and
2 a written assessment of the effects of the sign based on criteria listed below. This
is what the planning officer’s assessment will be based on.
Area Applicable criteria
Residential Rules 18.104.22.168–22.214.171.124
Central Policies 126.96.36.199–188.8.131.52 and Sign Design Guide
Rural Rules 184.108.40.206–220.127.116.11
Suburban Centre Rules 18.104.22.168.1–22.214.171.124.8
Open Space Rules 126.96.36.199–188.8.131.52
Heritage Rules 21D.3.1.5–21D.3.1.10
Institutional Precincts Rules 184.108.40.206.1–220.127.116.11.4
Airport and Golf Course Recreation Precinct Rules 18.104.22.168–22.214.171.124
Conservation sites Rules 126.96.36.199–188.8.131.52
District Plan rules are regularly updated, with updates going through a consultation and hearings process.
The applicant must be aware of these changes and may need to meet both the operative and proposed plan
requirements. Recent plan changes to note are Plan Change 48: Central Area and Plan Change 72:
Residential Review. You can see further plan changes and more details on our website Wellington.govt.nz or
please contact a planning technician on 801 3590 or email email@example.com
* Rules referred to in this tip sheet are found in chapters 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 of the District Plan.