Rapid Numbers

What are RAPID Numbers?

A RAPID number is a street address allocated to a rural property to assist emergency services in locating a property and to assist in keeping your property records in good order. A RAPID number is also used for voting purposes to ensure you are placed in the correct electorate. RAPID stands for Rural Address Property Identification.

A RAPID Number identifies the physical location of a property. The entrance is allocated a number (in units of 10) based on its distance from a crossing, intersection or some other similar start point, for example:

  • 5 Is 50m from the start of the road
  • 50 Is 500m from the start of the road
  • 500 Is 5000m or 5km from the start of the road, and so on.
  • If a property has a RAPID number of 1639, then it is 16390m, or 16.39km, from the start of the road.

When do I need a RAPID Number?

Any rural property that either has a dwelling, business or community centre requires a rapid number.  Contact Council's Kaimai Consultants Officer on 07 884 0060.

How do I get a replacement RAPID Number

If the RAPID Number for your property has been lost or damaged, contact Council's Kaimai Consultants Officer on 07 884 0060 to arrange a replacement.

How are right-of-ways numbered?

Right-of-ways are also numbered based on the distance along the road.  The sign at the roadside includes a range of letters on the end of the number dependent on how many dwellings are off the right-of-way (e.g. 4 dwellings 575 A-D).

What happens if I get a new entranceway?

If you change the location of your entranceway please contact Council's Kaimai Consultants Officer on 07 884 0060 and you will be assigned a new RAPID Number.  The existing RAPID number cannot be moved to your new entrance as the RAPID number is calculated based on a distance which would make the number incorrect for the new entrance.  Note that a number cannot be assigned until the new entranceway has been completed.

What happens if I subdivide?

As a result of subdividing your property a new entranceway may be formed which will involve issuing a new rapid number. Note that a number cannot be assigned until the new entranceway has been completed.  Contact Council's Kaimai Consultants Officer on 07 884 0060 to clarify this.

How soon can I get my RAPID Number?

Council's contractor installs new RAPID Numbers once a month around the district. Contact Council's Kaimai Consultants Officer on 07 884 0060 to find out when numbers are next being installed.