Permit and Protection costs

Permit charges

Permit Category


Delivery Times

Minor Works


10 working days

Medium Works


20 working days

Major Works


30 working days

Urgent Fee


Subject to availability

Amendment Fee



Working without a permit



Working outside permit conditions




Costs exclude GST and travel. Delivery timeframes commence once all requested documentation is received.

The permit charges are determined by the information provided in the initial online application.

Annual Permits are granted on a case by case basis and will only be issued after meeting with a member of the National Permits Team to determine need and use. The cost of an Annual Permit is $1,100.00 (+GST).


Crew at Otahuhu

Protection Service Charges

Your Permit to Enter may require an approved rail protection officer(s) to be present during works. 

For safety reasons, all protection is booked and managed by KiwiRail.





$95 per hour*

Auditing/Revalidations/Safety Observations

$150 per hour

Daily Vehicle Rate

$125 a day


$1.00 per kilometre


*subject to review of overall works plan and number of protection officers required


Cancellation policy

Please note that once you have booked a protection officer with us it means that we have reserved time in our schedule exclusively for you.

If you wish to cancel or postpone safety protection less than five working days before it is scheduled to take place, you will be charged the full cost.

To avoid being charged, you must provide cancellation notice at least 5 working days in advance via email to a KiwiRail representative.

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