A Grant of Right is a written agreement between KiwiRail (the Grantor) and the person requiring access over the railway (the Grantee).

The Grant sets out the responsibilities of each party and the location along the railway line where the Grantee is permitted to have and maintain an asset or structure in railway land.

These rights are granted under Section 35 NZ Railways Corporation Act 1981, an Act that empowers KiwiRail to grant rights over, or under, any railway land subject to conditions and payments of fee that we think fit.

Frequently asked questions

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When do I need a Grant?

If you are replacing, upgrading, maintaining or installing one of the following in railway-owned land:

  • Pipes
  • Cables
  • A bridge or underpass
  • Power and communications
  • A water race and open drain
  • Rights of way and pathways
  • Structures or assets like billboards
  • Level crossings - for enquiries about level crossings please contact:

How long does it take to process a Grant?

Up to 10 weeks depending on the type of application.

How do I apply for a Grant?

You need to complete the online Application Form for a Grant.

What to do with my executed copy of the Grant?

You may apply for a Permit to Access to enter our land. For more information, see Permit to Enter.