South Waikato District Plan

12 General District Wide Matters

12.9- TEMP Temporary Activities


This chapter provides for temporary activities, community events, and associated temporary structures in the district. Temporary activities and community events such as street markets, parades, festivals, concerts, and recreational, cultural and sporting events contribute to the vitality of the district and to community well-being. 

Provision is made for temporary structures associated with construction activities (for example scaffolding and portable buildings), event-related temporary structures (for example marquees), the installation and use of equipment for the drilling of bores for water or geothermal investigation, testing equipment such as penetrometers, and anemometers and masts that are established to measure wind. Temporary signage, temporary military exercises, temporary film making activities, and the use of emergency sirens are also provided for in this chapter. Temporary signage advertising upcoming events is important to the success of the district’s tourism industry and the promotion of events in the district.

Temporary activities, community events and associated structures can be located across zone boundaries, within road reserve and other reserves administered by Council, and may often not comply with building setbacks and other zone-based standards. Temporary activities may also generate noise that exceeds normal limits, require more signs than would normally be allowed in a particular zone, and the number of people attracted to an event may generate significant (but temporary) effects. Given these characteristics, temporary activities would often otherwise exceed district plan standards and require resource consent, if they were not specifically covered by temporary activity provisions.



To enable the town centres in Putaruru, Tokoroa and Tīrau to provide distinctive, attractive, safe and easily accessible environments with a concentration of commercial businesses and cultural activities providing a wide range of services and facilities for residents and passing travellers, and with minimum adverse effects on the safe and sustainable functioning of State Highway 1.


To avoid the establishment of non-rural based activities that do not have a legitimate need for a rural location, or which are potentially incompatible with activities that require such a location, including for reasons of reverse sensitivity.


To identify and address possible effects from activities in urban and rural areas in catchments in the district, and on the health and well-being of the Waikato River and its catchments during decision-making.



To achieve the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River by managing land-use within the River catchment in a way that restores and protects the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River, bymanaging activities in towns and rural areas.


Avoid, remedy or mitigate the adverse effects of activities on the existing character and amenity values of the surrounding rural area.


Establish and manage a network of well-maintained public reserves that serve neighbourhood, town and district-wide needs for active and passive recreation.

TEMP- Rules

TEMP-R1 PER Activities

Subject to

(1) Temporary activities

(a) TEMP-R3(1) to (3)

(b) TEMP-R4 where relevant

(2) Community events

(3) Temporary structures

(4) Temporary signage

(5) Temporary military exercises

(6) Temporary film making activities

(7) Use of emergency sirens

(8) Temporary works & associated structures related to electricity generation

(a) Removed within 60 days

(b) TEMP-R4 where relevant

(9) Temporary floating structures on the surface of water

(a) Must not exceed a four-month contiguous period within a twelve-month period

(b) TEMP-R4 where relevant

(10) Other temporary structures on the surface of water

(a) Up to 5m2

(b) TEMP-R4 where relevant

TEMP-R2 RDIS Activities

Subject to

(1) Any activity listed in TEMP-R1 that does not conform to the standards in TEMP-R3

TEMP-R3(1) to (3)

Matters of Discretion

TEMP-R4 where relevant

AA-R3(1) and (2)


TEMP-R3 Standards

(1) Temporary Activities and Events

(a) The total duration of all temporary activities and community events at any particular site (excluding preparation time) shall not exceed two events or 48 hours in any calendar year. This rule shall not apply to community events in the following locations:

(i) Memorial Sports Ground, Tokoroa

(ii) Glenshea Park, Putaruru

(iii) Tokoroa Airport

(iv) Tokoroa Town Centre

(v) Tokoroa Youth Park

(vi) Putaruru Town Centre

(b) Temporary activities and community events shall take place within the following hours:

(i) 0700hr to 2230hr Sunday to Thursday

(ii) 0700hr to 2400hr Friday and Saturday

(c) That no new permanent structures are constructed as a result of the temporary activity or community event, and the site is re-instated to its condition prior to the activity commencing

(d) Noise associated with temporary activities, temporary military exercises, temporary film making activities, and community events shall comply with the standards in Part 12.7.

(e) Managers or promoters of temporary activities shall submit a Traffic Management Plan to Council before starting the activity.  The Plan shall include details of the consultation with and the approval of the NZ Transport Agency where the proposal directly accesses or adjoins a State Highway

(2) Temporary Structures

(a) Temporary structures related to community events, temporary military exercises, and temporary film making activities are permitted in all zones but must be removed from the site within five working days after the activity has concluded, and the site must be re-instated to the condition it was in prior to the activity commencing.

(b) Temporary structures related to a construction project are permitted in all zones provided that the related construction project is permitted by the district plan or has an approved resource consent, and the temporary structures are removed within one month of the construction activity being completed.

(c) Temporary structures that are not related to an event or construction project, such as drilling of test bores, auger holes, test pits, and cone penetrometer tests, or anemometers, masts or similar structures established to measure wind, shall be permanently removed within two months of being installed on site.

(3) Temporary Signage

(a) Temporary signs are permitted in all zones with a maximum of six temporary signs per site, with a total area not exceeding 3m² (per side) per street frontage

(b) Temporary signs may be displayed for the following time periods:

(i) Signs that advertise a community event may be displayed up to one month prior to the event, and must be removed within seven days after the event occurs 

(ii) Temporary signs that are advertising jubilees or centennials may be erected for a period not exceeding 6 months over a 12-month period prior to the event, and must be removed within seven days after the event occurs

(iii) Signs that advertise that the property is for sale, must be on the site that the sign relates to, and must be removed no later than two weeks after the property has been sold

(iv) Signs related to a construction project, must be on the site that the sign relates to, and must be removed no later than two weeks after construction activity has ceased

(v) Signs that relate to a public election may be displayed up to 3 months prior to an election, and must be removed prior to polling

(vi) Signs that are required for the purpose of public notification may be displayed for the period they are required to do so by legislation

(c) In a speed environment of 70km/h and over, a sign must not incorporate reflective materials, flashing illumination, aerial display, animated display, moving display or any other non-static two- or three-dimensional mechanism designed to catch attention

(i) Signs shall not detrimentally affect traffic safety by creating a visual obstruction or by causing confusion to motorists

(ii) A sign must not mimic the design, wording, graphics, shape or colour of an official traffic sign

(iii) A sign may not prevent the driver of a vehicle from having a clear and unobstructed view of official traffic signs or signals, approaching or merging traffic or any corner, bend, intersection or vehicle crossing

(d) The owner of a sign shall be responsible for ensuring that it is well maintained

(e) Signs in areas with a speed limit greater than 50km/h shall be limited to a maximum of six words or 40 characters, and shall not be produced with the aid of reflective material

(f) The minimum height of all lettering on signs adjoining roads with a speed limit of 60km/h, 70km/h or 80km/h shall be 160mm

(g) The height of all lettering on signs adjoining roads with a speed limit of 100km/h shall meet the following minimum size:

Operating speed

Lettering height (mm)


Main message

Property name

Secondary message






















TEMP-R4 Other Plan Matters

The following may also be relevant:

(1) Section 7.1 Energy, 7.2 Infrastructure, 7.3 Transportation

(2) Section 8.1 Contaminated Land, 8.2 Hazardous Substances, 8.3 Natural Hazards

(3) Section 9.1 Historic Heritage, 9.2 Sites and Areas of Significance to Māori

(4) Section 10.1 Ecosystems and Indigenous Biodiversity, 10.2 Natural Character, 10.3 Natural Features and Landscapes, 10.4 Public Access

(5) Chapter 11 Subdivision

(6) Section 12.1 All Activities

(7) Section 12.2 Activities on the Surface of Water, 12.3 Air Emissions, 12.4 Earthworks, 12.6 Light, 12.7 Noise, 12.8 Signs

(8) Part 3- Any relevant zone or overlay

TEMP- Other Methods


Temporary activities, community events, temporary military exercises, temporary film making activities and temporary structures that are located:

(1) within road reserve need approval by the ‘road controlling authority’ under other legislation.  For land administered as a state highway, approval is needed from the NZ Transport Agency.  For local roads, footpaths and street berms, approval should be sought from Council. 

(2) on land administered by Council as reserve under the Reserves Act 1977, also need approval from Council. 

(3) on land administered by the Department of Conservation as reserve under the Conservation Act 1987, require a concession from the Department.

TEMP- Principal Reasons


Council wants to generally enable such community events to occur provided adverse effects are appropriately managed. 


All of the potential effects associated with temporary activities, community events and associated temporary structures need to be considered in the context that the structure or activity is not permanent and will be removed following a period of time with the location being reinstated to its previous condition. Some greater tolerance of temporary effects is therefore appropriate. Consequently, temporary activities, community events, and temporary structures are provided for as PER throughout the district, subject to compliance with the standards listed in this chapter. 

TEMP- Anticipated Environmental Results


That temporary activities and community events both indoors and outdoors such as street markets, parades, festivals, concerts, and recreational, cultural and sporting events are enabled throughout the district, and contribute to its vitality and prosperity


That temporary signage can be placed throughout the district for limited duration, and subsequently removed once the reason for it being in position has finished



That the locations where temporary activities or community events occur, or where temporary structures are assembled, are reinstated as far as practicable to their prior condition, and that permanent effects are avoided