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Revised Standard on rural and urban addressing


Revised Standard on rural and urban addressing of significant community and national benefit

A newly revised Australian/New Zealand Standard on rural and urban addressing will be of significant community and national benefit, Debbie Chin, Chief Executive of Standards New Zealand said today.

'Reliable and readily understandable addresses are critical for emergency services, postal services, and the community at large,' says Chin. 'The Standard establishes requirements and guidance for territorial authorities to use for assigning addresses; naming roads and localities; recording and mapping the related information; and the related signage.

‘The Standard revises a 2003 Standard and includes significant changes. It contains major improvements and clarification and will be crucial in assisting local authorities fulfill their responsibility for the ongoing maintenance, accuracy, and quality of addresses in a manner that is consistent across not only New Zealand, but also across New Zealand and Australia. Parts of the Standard should also be used by developers where the addressing authorities enable them to propose addresses and name roads.’

The Australian/New Zealand committee responsible for revising the Standard comprised central and local government authorities, mapping and land title offices, postal services, and other key stakeholders, including Land Information New Zealand and New Zealand Post.

The revised Standard aims to keep addresses as simple as possible. Significant changes include:

• road types must be selected from a list

• addressing of complex sites is simplified

• new method for sub addressing on multi-level buildings is specified

• water-based addressing is covered.

Order AS/NZS 4819:2011 Rural and urban addressing.


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