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RAPIDRAPID stands for Rural Address Property Identification. It gives every rural property with a dwelling an address. This means that you can identify exactly where you are in rural areas. 

RAPID is particularly useful for emergency services such as police, ambulance, fire department and Civil Defence.  In the event of building a new dwelling on bare land, an address may be required by Telecom and the power authority prior to connection.

It makes sense to write your RAPID number down close to your phone for ready access in the event of an emergency.

To apply for a RAPID number please complete the form below. Once completed, you can post it (with a cheque) to Council or present it with payment at our Customer Service counter at the Council offices in Blenheim or Picton.

PDF Document.RAPID Number Application Form (1.3 Mb)

Once you have completed this form, you can save it to your computer for your records, then email a copy of the saved document to mdc@marlborough.govt.nz

More information:

Can I have a RAPID number if I have no road access?

RAPID numbers are applicable only for properties with entranceways off a road or right of way.

For properties without road access, coordinates of your dwelling or wharf eg; E2587021/N6007818, may be helpful to emergency services. These can be obtained from Land Information New Zealand or from a surveyor.

Can I have a separate RAPID number for my shearing shed or vineyard/forestry block?

If your shed or vineyard/forestry block uses a different entranceway to your dwelling, you may want to use a RAPID number to identify the site for emergency services or contractors. If this is the case, please download and complete the form below.

Once completed, post the form (with cheque) to Council or present it with payment at our Customer Service counter at the Council offices in Blenheim or Picton.

Can I have more than one RAPID Number?

Yes, if you have more than one entranceway to your property. In some instances a property might have an entranceway off two separate roads. In this instance having a RAPID number off each road may assist emergency services in locating you when required. If you have two numbers or want two numbers, please contact Council on mdcrapid@marlborough.govt.nz and advise them which is the main entrance to the property.

How are RAPID numbers allocated?

RAPID numbers are allocated from the beginning of the road as determined by Marlborough Roads or the New Zealand Transport Agency. Your RAPID number will be based on the distance your entranceway is from the beginning of the road on which it is located.

The numbers are allocated to properties by measuring in metres the distance from the commencement of the road to the centre of each property's entranceway.

The final measurement is divided by 10 and then rounded to a whole number. Numbers on the right of the road are even; those on the left are odd. For example, a property with an entranceway 935 metres from the commencement of the road would be numbered 93 if on the left side of the road and 94 if on the right.

If there are multiple properties using a right of way, Council will determine whether a letter, eg; A, B or C is used. Where right of ways serve five or more properties, Council will supply a range plate for use at the entrance to the right of way. Individual plates shall be placed at each entranceway off the right of way.

If the property is accessed off a state highway, the number is still allocated from the commencement of the road.

What happens if I subdivide?

If you are subdividing and the existing entranceway stays with the existing house, new RAPID numbers will only be required for the new lots.

If the existing entranceway services one of the new lots, this lot will retain the RAPID number and the existing house plus any other new lots will need to apply for a new RAPID number.

This is because the RAPID number is based on a measured distance along a road. Shift the entranceway and a new number is required.

What happens if my number goes missing or is destroyed?

If you require a replacement plate, please download and complete the form above.

Once completed, you can post it (with cheque) to Council or present it with payment at our Customer Service counter at the Council offices in Blenheim or Picton.

What if I have a problem with my number?

It is not possible to change the number on request as it is based on a distance along the road and every number represents 10 metres. If you change the location of your entranceway please contact Council.

What is a RAPID number and why do we use them?

RAPID stands for Rural Address Property Identification. It gives every rural property with a dwelling an address. This means that you can explain exactly where you live on a long rural road. RAPID is particularly useful for emergency services such as Police, Ambulance, Fire Department and Civil Defence. In the event of building a new dwelling on bare land, an address may be required by Telecom and the power authority prior to connection.

It makes sense to write your RAPID number down close to your phone for ready access in the event of an emergency.

Will having a RAPID number affect my address?

RAPID numbers can be used in the same way as urban street numbers, eg; Mr Joe Blow, 785 Queen Charlotte Drive, RD 1, Picton 7281. There is no need for any prefix like 'RAPID'.

If you have any further queries please contact mdcrapid@marlborough.govt.nz

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