The building code defines hoardings as 'structures alongside a public way providing side protection but no overhead protection'. They are required to secure work sites and provide for the adjacent safe passage of pedestrians.

Creative hoardings: a toolkit for rebuild teams

Hoardings will have an increasing presence in our public areas as we rebuild following the earthquakes. Their size, solid construction and interface with the street impact significantly on the way people experience the city. The look and feel of our city could easily become visually dominated by temporary hoardings, graffiti and signage. Hoardings can, however, be enhanced with an integrated and creative design to improve their appearance and add interest.

We encourage hoardings that benefit both the development and people's experience of the city, and we have created a toolkit to assist developers, architects, project managers and contractors when planning the appearance of hoardings.

Rebuild Hoardings Design Guidelines

The Rebuild Hoarding Design Guidelines [PDF 297KB] outline seven design principles for enhanced hoardings, explain the benefits of these and provide guidance on ways to implement them.

The guidelines do not prescribe construction methods or materials, or constrain corporate branding. Instead the guidelines recommend hoarding designs which integrate the following attributes:

  • Creative, playful and engaging
  • Visually define the site
  • Include large scale images
  • Showcase your delivery team
  • Provide public viewing of the construction if appropriate
  • Consider the history, present, and future of the site
  • Include wayfinding if appropriate

Rebuild Hoarding Design Guidelines [PDF 297KB]

Hoarding fee rebate incentive

Hoardings that follow the Rebuild Hoardings Design Guidelines may qualify for a rebate of up to 100% of the fees for temporary use of legal road (TUOLR).

The terms and conditions of this rebate are outlined in the TUOLR Fee Rebate Application form [PDF 85KB].

Send completed applications to asset.protection@ccc.govt.nz

Additional information

If you would like information about contacting local artists, an example artist brief or an example artist contract, please email ArtsAdvisors@ccc.govt.nz

Examples of creative approaches to construction hoardings: www.pinterest.com/transitionalcty

Artists may wish to consider the Transitional City Projects Fund.