Speed Limits policy

All roads under the Christchurch City Council’s jurisdiction have enforceable speed limits set by the Speed Limits Bylaw 2010. The Christchurch City Register of Speed Limits records these speed limits.

This Bylaw allows the Christchurch City Council to set or change the enforceable speed limits on roads under its jurisdiction. It does not however allow the Council to set or change the enforceable speed limits on NZ Transport Agency (State Highways) roads or other privately owned roads within the Councils boundary.

The Council can formally resolve built up areas as Designated Urban Traffic Areas.

  • Speed limits on the roads within the Designated Urban Traffic Areas are 50 km/h, these roads are not listed separately in the Register.
  • Speed limits on the roads within the Urban Traffic Areas which have a speed limit other than 50 km/h are designated by the Council separately and are sign posted and recorded in the Speed Limit register [PDF, 274 KB] and Speed Limit overview maps.
  • Speed Limits on roads outside the Designated Urban Traffic Areas are 100 km/h unless the Council has designated a different speed limit. These different speed limits are then signposted and recorded in the Speed Limit register [PDF, 274 KB] and Speed Limit overview maps.

The review process for speed limits within the Christchurch City boundary is carried out regularly (approximately every 24 months).

For further information about the Christchurch City Register of Speed Limits, or to have a speed limit on a specific road reviewed, please contact the Council.


Speed limit changes - consultation

That for the purposes of consultation, "any local community" shall be those persons or organisations referred to in paragraph 12 below:

12. The term "Any Local Community" is not defined for the purposes of Section 7.1(2)(c) of the Rule. However, in respect of the roads referred to below it is considered that the appropriate persons to consult are the occupiers of those properties which adjoin those parts of the roads upon which it is proposed that the speed limits be changed and each Community Board in respect of whose area the roads lie.