TMP preparation times can vary depending on complexity of the job but as a guide you should allow between 5 ~ 10 working days for the TMP to be crafted.
After that, the TMP is submitted on a CAR to the RCA (council and/or NZTA) and for them to process the CAR you should allow the following times:
- For local councils, non-Excavation jobs: 5 working days.
- For local councils, Excavation jobs, Events & helicoptor lift jobs: 15 working days.
- For NZTA, any type of works: 30 working days.
Example 1: Accessing a manhole (non-Excavation) within a local council area… (up to) 10 working days for the TMP plus 5 working days for the CAR processing = 15 working days total.
Example 2: Excavating in the shoulder of a state highway (Waka Kotahi NZTA) area… (up to) 10 working days for the TMP plus 30 working days for the CAR processing = 40 working days total.
NOTE: Once you have an approved TMP & a WAP issued, State Highway works (and some local councils too) then require a third step : a booking on their Road Works Report (RWR).
The idea here is to lock in a slot and avoid clashes with any other contractor works in the same space.
Typically, this RWR booking must be made in the week before you plan to commence your works – usually on a Thursday.
Without a slot booked on the Road Works Report, you cannot commence your work.