RAPID numbers

RAPID numbers
“RAPID” stands for Rural Address Property Identification.  It is a numbering system that gives rural properties with a dwelling (or sometimes sheds) an address.  RAPID makes it easier for the emergency services, NZ Post, Telecom, courier companies and power authorities to identify where you live and/or your location.  Councils issue RAPID numbers upon application.
How to apply for a RAPID number
If you're building a new house in the rural zone, you can request a RAPID number when you apply for building consent.  There is a tick box on the building consent application form.
Or you can print a RAPID application form and fill it in.  Return it to Council with the fee listed on the form:
How a RAPID number is assigned to you
The RAPID number will be installed by Council officers on a gate or mailbox at the entranceway.  Your RAPID number is based on the distance in metres your property is from the beginning of the road.  The distance is measured from the start of the road (to the nearest 10 metres) to the centre of the driveway to your house.
The final measurement is divided by 10 and rounded to a whole number. Numbers on the right side of the road are even; those on the left are odd.  For example:
  • A property located 642 meters from the start of the road would be numbered 64 if on the right side of the road or 65 if on the left side of the road.
  • If there is more than one dwelling off a driveway then a letter e.g. A, B, or C is added. The first house along the driveway will be A, the second B, etc.
  • If you have a shared driveway, you can request an additional plate to put on the house. The primary plate must remain at the entrance to the property.
If you have questions about RAPID numbers or the status of your application, please contact Tracy.Gardiner@swdc.govt.nz or ring 06 306 9611 x 821.
Urban numbering follows a different system. Please contact Council if you require an urban street number.