25.10.4 Rules - General Standards

​​​​a) Signs that are not visible from outside the site on which they are located shall not be required to comply with any of the standards in Rule 25.10.5.
Note
1. Light spill shall be controlled under the relevant provisions of the District Plan, where it is from a sign not visible from any public place or nearby site.
b)​ Signs shall not project over a transport corridor or be located within a transport corridor (except as provided for in 25.10.5.10), other than a traffic sign or safety sign erected by, or at the direction of, a public authority or a sign controlled under a Council bylaw.​
c) Signs shall not be placed​ so they block sight distances at intersections or driveways.​
d) A sign must not display any image that:​
​​​​i.​Resembles or is likely to be confused with any traffic sign or signal;
​ii.​Contains reflective, fluorescent or phosphorescent materials that will reflect headlights, or distract and interfere with a road user’s vision;
​iii.​​Uses flashing or revolving lights or lasers or any other method of illumination that will dazzle or distract drivers.​
Note
1. Where the sign is adjacent to a state highway with a speed limit higher than 60 km/h, the NZTA comments shall be taken into account.
e)​ Signs shall not be required to meet the setback requirements specified in the underlying zone rules.​
f)​ Where a maximum permitted area is specified for a sign in Rule 25.10.5: ​
i.​ The area of the sign shall be calculated by measuring the rectangular area which encloses all symbols or letters which make up the sign surface (see Figure 25.10.4a).​
ii.​ Where the sign is an uneven shape the area shall be calculated by measuring the rectangular area which encloses the uneven shape (see Figure 25.10.4b).​
iii.​ The total area of a sign is taken to be the sum of the area of all faces of the sign.​

Figure 25.10.4a: Calculating the area of a sign

Diagram showing how to calculate the area of a regular shaped sign
 
Figure 25.10.4b: Calculating the area of an uneven shaped sign

Diagram illustrating how to calculate the area of an uneven shaped sign 

g) Where a standard is specified for a sign in Rule 25.10.5:​
i.​ Any V-shap​​ed sign containing an interior angle of 90 degrees or more is deemed to be one sign (see Figure 25.10.4c below).​
ii.​ Any V-shaped sign containing an interior angle of less than 90 degrees is deemed to be two signs (see Figure 25.10.4c below).​
h) Advertising signs shall not be similar in appearance to any traffic control device.​
 
Figure 25.10.4c: V-shaped signs 

Diagram showing how v-shaped signs are deemed to be one or two signs 

Page reviewed: 29 Mar 2016 4:12pm