Permit and Protection costs

Permit charges

Permit Category


Delivery Times

Major works 


30 working days

Medium works


20 working days

Minor works


10 working days

Annual permit


30 works days

Urgent permit

$1,250.00 (additional to above)


Amendments to permits

$600.00 (additional to above)


Minor issue breach

Warning letter


Minor issue repeated breach



Medium issue breach



Major issue breach



Costs exclude GST, travel and accommodation. Please note travel and accommodation charges apply when protection staff are required to travel to location.

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 $3,250.00 (+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.



Auditing / Revalidations / Safety Observations / OJT full and finals

$300.00 per quarter per person

OR $1,000.00 per year per person

Protection (nationwide)

$95.00 per hour*

Overnight (where KiwiRail Depot is >1 hr drive of worksite)



$125.00 per day

Protection consultancy, administration, access planning
(where KiwiRail is not delivering protection, as agreed by KiwiRail)

$150.00 per hour

Block of Line Manager
(where KiwiRail is not delivering protection)

 $150.00 per hour

Block of Line Briefing – Compulsory to attend

 No charge

Rework/ late forms and access applications

 $150.00 per hour

*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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