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State highway control manual (SM012)

Published: | Category: State highway operations , Manuals | Audience: Roading contractors

This manual sets out NZ Transport Agency powers and policy with regard to state highways. The manual details procedures for protection, control, asset management and work execution. It references empowering legislation and provides guidance for staff, consultants, territorial local authorities (TLAs), regional councils and other bodies in their dealings with state highways.

Consolidated versions

To provide better user access, it has also been reformatted by consolidating subject matter. This helps by making information quicker to find and allows for faster updating.

A full topic index is included as part 1 so content is fully referenced to help in user navigation.

Operation of drones on state highways

From August 2015, the policy on operation of drones on state highways was added to Part 3 of the manual.

Response to the Civil Aviation Authority Rule changes [PDF, 935 KB]

Sustainability rating scheme

From September 2020, the sustainability rating scheme policy was added to Part 8 and Part 14 of the manual.

Sustainability rating scheme policy [PDF, 149 KB]


For further information, contact the Principal Adviser Network Management

Publication details

  • Author:
  • Published: November 2017
  • Reference: SM012
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-478-41909-2 (print); 978-0-478-41908-5 (online)
  • Amendments: Last updated September 2020