Stock droving

Stocks in road.
​​​​If you are moving stock along or across a road in the Waitaki district, it is paramount to ensure the safety of you, your stock and other road users. This section outlines what ​you need to know about stock droving​. 

​Do I need a permit ?

, a permit is required for all stock droving that is not regarded as an emergency or escape.

​Why do I need a permit?

  • Safety – for all road users, including drovers, drivers and stock 
  • To limit damage to roads and drainage
  • To assist with droving co-ordination

​Do I have to pay for a permit? 

​No. The application fee for stock droving is waived by us.​

What does a stock droving permit cover? 

  • Grants permission for the droving of stock on our road network between nominated points.
  • Sets out the appropriate safety requirements for the drover. 
  • The permit is only valid for one calendar year.
  • The permit will provide additional safety information/details that may apply to your route, eg any known road works. It will also state any general requirements that the roading engineer may impose on the drove.

What does a stock droving permit NOT cover?

  • The purpose of stock being driven for milking or stock management purposes along or across roads. 
  • If the proposed route is on State Highways please contact the New Zealand Transport Agency on 03 951 3009 for information on their requirements.

How to apply for a permit

Download the application form below or request an application form from Council’s Customer Contact Team (03 433 0300 or service@waitaki.govt.nz​) and we will email or post a form to you.  Please submit the completed application to us. Please allow 10 working days for the processing of your permit.​

What are the key safety pra​ctices for stock droving? 

  • All droving must be attended by a competent drover (or multiple drovers of large herds). 
  • Never operate during the hours of darkness. 
  • Use of rope, string, wire, tape or any other obstruction across the road are not permitted. 
  • Operate with the appropriate warning devices, signage, amber flashing lights. It is recommended that drovers wear high visibility garments. 
  • At all times consider other road users during the drove.​​​
Page reviewed: 18 Apr 2017 11:04am