A property’s planning zone shows what activities and land uses are permitted. Before applying for building or resource consent, check the relevant planning map for your property, and use this information to find out what rules and restrictions apply.

The Christchurch District Plan defines areas (zones) for residential, commercial, rural or industrial activities, each with their own set of rules. The previous City and Banks Peninsula Plans contain provisions in relation to coastal hazards that are still in effect (public notice). All other provisions are now found in the District Plan. 

Please contact the Council on (03) 941 8999 for further information about your property's zoning and the rules that apply. 

Planning maps

The Plan includes planning maps that show zone boundaries, and where features within zones (such as character area overlays, heritage buildings or protected trees, etc.) are located. 

You can search the online version of the Christchurch District Plan for property zonings and the rules that apply.

Summary of residential zone rules 

For construction of one or more residential units on the majority of sites:

Practice note