Information about Roadside Grazing (The Long Acre)
If you wish to graze the road reserve in front of your property then you must obtain approval from Council, and abide by the conditions set out below. Grazing must comply with schedule 3 of the CHB District Council Bylaws. There is no cost involved for the application of this permit to the landowner.
Notification of roadside grazing is requested as the council will undertake an inspection prior to any grazing for verification of any event in the case of damage to the road corridor. Conditions for the temporary grazing of livestock on the road reserve will include:
- Temporary fences to be at least 1 metre from seal edge, if no roadside drain.
- Temporary fences to be on the boundary side of any open drain, or water table...
- Grazing not to be carried out in excessively wet conditions, i.e. when mud appears under hooves
- Only approved plastic type electric fencing standards to be used.
- Actual formed culverts not to be grazed.
- A red cone is to be placed at each end of the grazing area.
- All forms of grazing the road reserve except horses shall be carried out during daylight hours only, and all stock must be removed from the road side at least half an hour before sunset.
- All electric or other temporary fencing equipment is to be removed after grazing has been completed
- Grazing is only permitted by stock belonging to, or in charge of, the adjoining property owner, unless the stock owner has written permission from the adjoining property owner.
- Any damage to the road reserve to be repaired by the stock owner to Councils satisfaction.
The CHB Council has recently noted that on our roading network there have been incidences of illegal roadside grazing.
Some of these issues identified are as follows:
- Steel standards used
- Fence line too close to the carriageway.
- Fence line on the wrong side of the roadside drain.
- No cones at each end of fence line.
- Stock left too long in grazing area causing the road reserve to turn to mud.
- Damaged culverts and headwalls
- Drains filled in and damaged by stock
- Several grazing sites with fences still up, but have not been used for some time.
The Council will always strive to work with the stock owner, and these conditions are required for the safety of stock, the passing traffic and the protection of Council’s assets.
8 August 2017