Historic District Schemes and Plans of the Auckland Region


District Schemes

The general purpose of a District Scheme was the development of the area to promote and safeguard the health, safety and convenience, and the economic and general welfare of its inhabitants, and the amenities of the area, in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1953 and its amendments. District Schemes were to be approved by the Town and Country Planning Board and reviewed every five years.

A District Scheme comprised a scheme statement (a description of the purposes of the scheme), code of ordinances for its administration and implementation, and a map or maps illustrating the proposals for the development of the area, including zoning. Zoning governed the types of activities that could be carried out in each zone: residential, rural, commercial, industrial, and land covered by designations for specific public purposes, e.g., reserves, open spaces, education, etc. Predominant and conditional uses for each zone were defined and set out in the code of ordinances. Applications for land use could be notified or non-notified, depending on the rules.

Preparation of the District Scheme was a lengthy process. Public notification of the council's proposed District Scheme invited submissions, objections and cross-objections. Hearings were held by council with a final right of appeal to the Town and Country Planning Appeal Board. The final approved District Scheme incorporated all decisions by council not appealed and the result of the appeal process. It was signed and sealed at a council meeting, usually by the mayor and town clerk, and soon after became operative.

The maintenance of the District Scheme included amendments, changes and variations (changes by council) made after it became operative. When the five-yearly review of the District Scheme took place the reviewed version went through the same stages as the original scheme and on becoming operative, superseded the previous District Scheme.

District Plans

In 1991, the Resource Management Act repealed the Town and Country Planning Act under which the previous district schemes were written and the schemes were replaced by district plans.

The purpose of the Resource Management Act is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. A district plan assists territorial authorities carry out their functions under the Act by describing a district's significant resource management issues and setting out the objectives, policies and methods to address those issues.

District plans have two primary components: the written text which contains the strategies, objectives, policies and rules for the management of natural and physical resources; and the planning maps which indicate in graphic form the areas to which certain rules in the written text apply.

The Auckland Unitary Plan

After extensive public consultation, in November 2016 the Auckland Council gave public notice that the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan would become 'Operative in part' on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 under section 160 of Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010 and clause 20 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

The Unitary Plan replaced the former Regional Policy Statement and 13 out of the 14 district plans and regional plans - these are now known as 'legacy plans' - and is now the predominant planning tool for the Auckland region. For those parts of the plan that are subject to appeal, parts of both the operative legacy district and regional plans and the Unitary Plan will need to be consulted. There is one exception, the Hauraki Gulf Islands section of the Auckland District Plan remains operative in full.

Accessing District Schemes and Plans

Lists of the proposed and operative historic district schemes and plans for the Auckland region are provided below. The lists include a link to the archives series that contains the hardcopy version of the scheme or plan. We will be gradually digitising the historic schemes and making them available via this list.

For access to a hardcopy version of a district scheme or plan, please contact Auckland Council Archives who will advise where the document can be viewed. Copies of district schemes and plans are also available to view at several of the Auckland Libraries.

For the legacy plans, please refer to the District and regional plans section on the Auckland Council website. Please also refer to the Auckland Council website to access the Auckland Unitary Plan Operative in part.

For any queries regarding the content of the schemes or plans, please contact the Auckland Council Planning Helpdesk.




Central Auckland


Auckland City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Auckland City District SchemeACC 339Proposed1958 
Operative12 June 1961View Online
Auckland City District Scheme - First ReviewACC 340Proposed1968 
Operative21 December 1970View Online
Auckland City District Scheme - Second ReviewACC 342Proposed1977 
Operative1 August 1981View Online
Auckland City District Scheme - Third ReviewACC 495Proposed1987 
AKC 397Operative30 September 1991 
Auckland City District Plan Hauraki Gulf Islands SectionAKC 177Proposed1992 
Operative22 July 1996View Online
Auckland City District Plan Isthmus SectionAKC 178Proposed1993 
Operative (in part)15 November 1999 
Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Auckland City District Plan Central Area SectionAKC 127Proposed1997 
Operative (in part)19 January 2005 
Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Auckland City District Plan Hauraki Gulf Islands Section - First ReviewAKC 442Proposed2006 
Operative (in part, as part of the Auckland Council District Plan)7 October 2013View Online
Operative (fully, as part of the Auckland Council District Plan)22 March 2018View Online
Ellerslie Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Ellerslie Borough District SchemeELB 111Proposed1955 
Operative15 July 1960 
Ellerslie Borough District Scheme - First ReviewELB 112Proposed1966 
Operative30 October 1967 
Ellerslie Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewELB 113Proposed1974 
Operative29 March 1976 
Ellerslie Borough District Scheme - Third ReviewELB 114Proposed1982 
Operative1 October 1984 
Great Barrier Island
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Great Barrier Island County Proposed District SchemeGBI 040Proposed1969 
Scheme withdrawn.
Operated under Part II Town and Country Planning Act, 1977
23 May 1979 
Great Barrier Island County District SchemeGBI 041Proposed1983 
Operative4 April 1986 
Mount Albert Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Mount Albert Borough District SchemeMAC 111Recommended1956 
Operative1 February 1960 
Mount Albert Borough District Scheme - First ReviewMAC 112Proposed1966 
Operative7 October 1968 
Mount Albert Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewMAC 113Proposed1976 
Operative18 September 1979 
Mount Albert Borough District Scheme - Third ReviewMAC 114Proposed1986 
Operative16 October 1989 
Mount Eden Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Mount Eden Borough District Scheme
(Originally known as the 'Mount Eden Borough Town-Planning Scheme No 1')
MEB 110Approved8 September 1953 
Adopted as an operative district scheme within the meaning of the Town and Country Planning Act 195322 February 1954 
Mount Eden Borough District Scheme - First ReviewMEB 111Recommended1960 
Operative1 October 1964 
Mount Eden Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewMEB 112Proposed1971 
Operative9 December 1974 
Mount Eden Borough District Scheme - Third ReviewMEB 113Proposed1981 
Operative4 March 1985 
Mount Roskill Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Mount Roskill Borough District SchemeMRB 113Recommended1958 
Operative30 June 1964 
Mount Roskill Borough District Scheme - First ReviewMRB 114Proposed1970 
Operative7 November 1972 
Mount Roskill Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewMRB 115Proposed1980 
Operative1 November 1983 
Mount Wellington Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Mount Wellington Borough District SchemeMWB 103Proposed1958 
Operative1 April 1961 
Mount Wellington Borough District Scheme - First ReviewMWB 104Proposed1964 
Operative1 March 1968 
Mount Wellington Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewMWB 105Proposed1974 
Operative22 December 1978 
Mount Wellington Borough District Scheme - Third ReviewTMK 105Proposed1985 
Tamaki City Council Mount Wellington Ward District Scheme - Third ReviewOperative11 April 1989 
Newmarket Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Newmarket Borough District SchemeNMB 131Recommended1959 
Operative1 October 1962 
Newmarket Borough District Scheme - First ReviewNMB 132Recommended1973 
Operative7 July 1975 
Newmarket Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewNMB 133Proposed1984 
Operative7 December 1987 
One Tree Hill Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
One Tree Hill Borough District SchemeOTH 114Proposed1957 
Operative31 October 1958 
One Tree Hill Borough District Scheme - First ReviewOTH 115Proposed1964 
Operative1 November 1965 
One Tree Hill Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewOTH 116Proposed1973 
Operative1 December 1976 
One Tree Hill Borough District Scheme - Third ReviewOTH 117Proposed1983 
Operative1 October 1986 
Onehunga Borough
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Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Onehunga Borough District SchemeOHB 112Proposed1957 
Operative27 July 1959 
Onehunga Borough District Scheme - First ReviewOHB 113Proposed1967 
Operative1 January 1969 
Onehunga Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewOHB 114Proposed1977 
Operative1 October 1979 
Onehunga Borough District Scheme - Third ReviewOHB 138Proposed1987 
Operative28 June 1991View Online
Otahuhu Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Otahuhu Borough District SchemeOTB 103Proposed1959 
Operative1 June 1963 
Otahuhu Borough District Scheme - First ReviewOTB 104Recommended1969 
OperativeMarch 1971 
Otahuhu Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewOTB 105Proposed1979 
Operative1 January 1981 
City of Tamaki Otahuhu Ward - Third ReviewTMK 106Proposed1986 
Operative9 August 1989View Online
Waiheke Island
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Road District of Waiheke District SchemeWRB 005Recommended1959 
Operative31 January 1962 
Road District of Waiheke District Scheme - First ReviewWRB 006Recommended1968 
Operative31 October 1969 
County of Waiheke District Scheme - Second ReviewCOW 114Proposed1975 
Operative1 October 1982 
County of Waiheke District Scheme - Third ReviewCOW 115Proposed1988 
Operative1 October 1991 



North Auckland


Birkenhead Borough and City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of Birkenhead District SchemeBCC 552Recommended  
Operative1 February 1968 
Borough of Birkenhead District Scheme - First ReviewBCC 552Recommended1969 
Operative11 December 1973 
City of Birkenhead District Scheme - Second ReviewBCC 552Proposed1981 
Operative1 October 1986View Online
Devonport Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of Devonport District SchemeDBC 239Proposed1959 
Operative15 October 1962 
Borough of Devonport District Scheme - First ReviewDBC 239Recommended1970 
Operative28 August 1972 
Borough of Devonport District Scheme - Second ReviewDBC 239Recommended  
Operative1 October 1986View Online
East Coast Bays Borough and City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of East Coast Bays Town Planning Scheme No. 1ECB 159   
   
Borough of East Coast Bays District Scheme - First ReviewECB 159Recommended1967 
Operative10 October 1969 
City of East Coast Bays District Scheme - Second ReviewECB 159Recommended1977 
Operative10 October 1980 
City of East Coast Bays District Scheme - Third ReviewECB 159Proposed1988 
Operative23 December 1991View Online
Helensville Borough
Scheme Archives Reference Status Date View Online
Borough of Helensville District SchemeAKC 2014 111Recommended1961 
Operative15 July 1963 
Borough of Helensville District Scheme - First ReviewAKC 2014 111Recommended  
Operative10 June 1975 
Borough of Helensville District Scheme - Second ReviewAKC 2014 111Recommended1985 
Operative15 May 1990 
North Shore City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
North Shore City Transitional District PlanNSC 588Comprises:
  • Birkenhead Planning District - Second Review (Operative October 1986)
  • Devonport Planning District - Second Review (Operative October 1986)
  • East Coast Bays Planning District - Third Review (Operative December 1991)
  • Northcote Planning District - Third Review (Operative October 1989)
  • Takapuna Planning District - Second Review (Operative July 1994)

  •   View Online
North Shore City Council District PlanNSC 903Proposed1994 
NSC 902Operative (in part)28 June 2002 
NSC 902Operative (fully)November 2009 
 Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Northcote Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of Northcote District SchemeNBC 497Recommended1957 
Operative12 April 1960 
Borough of Northcote District Scheme - First ReviewNBC 497Recommended  
Operative20 September 1969 
Borough of Northcote District Scheme - Second ReviewNBC 497Proposed1976 
Operative8 June 1979 
Borough of Northcote District Scheme - Third ReviewNBC 497Proposed1986 
Operative31 October 1989View Online
Rodney County
Scheme Archives Reference Status Date View Online
County of Rodney District SchemeAUC 2014 111Recommended1960 
Operative14 October 1965 
County of Rodney District Scheme - First ReviewAUC 2014 111Recommended  
Operative20 May 1974 
County of Rodney District Scheme - Reviewed
Resulted from a review of the second district scheme of the County of Rodney and the first district scheme for that part of the former County of Waitemata which became part of the County of Rodney in 1974.
AUC 2014 111Recommended1976 
Operative16 June 1980 
County of Rodney District Scheme - Second ReviewAUC 2014 111Proposed1988 
Operative1993 
Rodney District
Scheme Archives Reference Status Date View Online
Rodney District PlanAUC 2014 094Proposed2000 
OperativeProgressively operative from January 2009 to 29 July 2011 
Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Takapuna Borough and City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of Takapuna District SchemeTCC 397Recommended1958 
Withdrawn and adopted as undisclosed district scheme31 March 1960 
City of Takapuna District SchemeTCC 397Recommended1965 
Operative1 June 1968 
City of Takapuna District Scheme
(includes Albany and Glenfield from Waitemata County)
TCC 397Proposed1971 
Operative1 August 1974 
City of Takapuna District Scheme - First ReviewTCC 397Proposed1979 
Operative1 July 1982 
City of Takapuna District Scheme - Second ReviewTCC 397Proposed1988 
Operative (as part of the North Shore City Transitional District Plan)29 July 1994 
Warkworth Town
Scheme Archives Reference Status Date View Online
Warkworth Town Council District Scheme - First ReviewAKC 2014 094Approved1968 
Operative  
Warkworth Town Council District Scheme - Second ReviewAKC 2014 094Proposed  
Operative1974 



South Auckland


Franklin County
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Franklin County District Scheme Proposed  
Operative1 March 1965 
Franklin County District Scheme - First Review Proposed  
Operative18 December 1973 
Franklin County District Scheme - Second ReviewFCC 007Proposed  
Operative12 August 1985View Online
Franklin District
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Franklin District Plan Proposed1994 
Operative29 February 2000 
Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Howick Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Howick Borough District SchemeHBC 024Proposed1956 
Operative16 January 1961 
Howick Borough District Scheme Area No. 2
(To cover 431 acres added to the borough in 1959)
 Proposed  
Operative15 October 1965 
Howick Borough District Scheme - First ReviewHBC 024Proposed  
Operative24 June 1974 
Howick Borough District Scheme - Second Review Proposed1982 
Operative1 September 1984 
Manukau County
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
County of Manukau Extra-Urban Planning Scheme No 1MKA 011Recommended1952 
   
County of Manukau District Scheme Section 1MKA 011Proposed  
Adopted as undisclosed district scheme12 December 1961 
County of Manukau District Scheme Section 2
(Applies to designated urban zones only)
MKA 011Proposed  
Adopted16 August 1965  
Manukau City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Manukau City District Scheme Section 3 Proposed  
Operative7 December 1967 
City of Manukau District Scheme Part 3: Manurewa District Former Borough of Manurewa District Scheme reissued1 April 1968 
Manukau City District Scheme Part 1 Urban Areas Proposed1968 
Operative10 October 1973 
Manukau City District Scheme Part 2 Rural Areas Proposed1968 
Operative10 October 1973 
Manukau City District Scheme Part 3 [Manurewa] - First Review Proposed1974 
Operative15 September 1976 
Manukau City District Scheme - First ReviewMAN 014-01Proposed1980View Online
Operative1 May 1984 
Manukau City District Scheme - Second Review Proposed1989 
Operative14 April 1993 
Manukau City District Scheme Howick - Third Review Proposed1991 
Operative15 July 1994 
Transitional Manukau District Plan Comprises:
  • Manukau City District Scheme - Second Review (Operative April 1993)
  • Manukau City District Scheme Howick - Third Review (Operative June 1994)
  • City of Papatoetoe District Scheme - Second Review (Operative May 1986)
  • The City of Tamaki Otahuhu Ward District Scheme (only part within Manukau City Council boundaries � Operative August 1989)
Manukau City District Plan Proposed1995 
Operative21 October 2002 
Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Manurewa Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of Manurewa District Scheme Undisclosed (Draft)MBC 008 1956 
Borough of Manurewa District Scheme Proposed1962 
Operative16 August 1965 
Papakura Borough and City
Scheme Archives Reference Status Date View Online
Borough of Papakura District SchemeAUC 2017 191Recommended1956 
Operative15 August 1960 
City of Papakura District Scheme - First ReviewAUC 2017 191Recommended1968 
Operative25 September 1970 
City of Papakura District Scheme - Second ReviewAUC 2017 191Recommended1977 
Operative1 December 1980 
City of Papakura District Scheme - Third ReviewPDC 003-01Proposed  
Operative11 May 1992View Online
Papakura District
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Papakura District Council District Plan Notified1993 
Operative16 June 1999 
Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Papatoetoe Borough and City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Papatoetoe Town-Planning SchemePTO 006Drafted1928 
Approved11 February 1937 
Papatoetoe Borough District Scheme - Area Number 1PTT 006Recommended1957 
Operative1 October 1962 
Papatoetoe City District Scheme - Area Number 2
(The scheme applied only to the 654 acres that were transferred to the borough on 1 October 1959)
PTC 008Recommended1963 
Operative7 October 1968 
Papatoetoe City District Scheme - First ReviewPTC 010Proposed1973 
Operative8 September 1975 
Papatoetoe City District Scheme - Second ReviewPTC 012Proposed1983 
Operative31 March 1982View Online
Pukekohe Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of Pukekohe District Scheme    
   
Borough of Pukekohe District Scheme - First Review    
Operative28 June 1971 
Borough of Pukekohe District Scheme - Second Review    
   
The dates of the Pukekohe Borough District Schemes are yet to be confirmed.
Waiuku Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Borough of Waiuku District Scheme Proposed1958 
Operative1 January 1961 
Borough of Waiuku District Scheme - First Review Proposed  
Operative15 February 1971 
Borough of Waiuku District Scheme - Second Review Proposed  
Operative1982 
Borough of Waiuku District Scheme - Third Review Proposed1987 
OperativeSeptember 1989 



West Auckland


Glen Eden Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Glen Eden Borough District SchemeA05-129Proposed1959 
Operative15 August 1966 
Glen Eden Borough District Scheme - First ReviewA05-129Proposed1971 
Operative1 July 1973 
Glen Eden Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewA05-129Proposed1979 
Operative31 March 1982View Online
Henderson Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Henderson Borough District SchemeA05-169Proposed1957 
Operative18 November 1959 
Henderson Borough District Scheme - First ReviewA05-169Proposed1965 
Operative25 March 1968 
Henderson Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewA05-169Proposed1974 
Operative6 May 1977 
Henderson Borough District Scheme - Third ReviewA05-169Proposed1984 
Operative1 September 1987View Online
New Lynn Borough
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
New Lynn Borough Town Planning Scheme 1A05-89Operative23 February 1942 
New Lynn Borough District Scheme Section 1A05-89Proposed  
Operative4 April 1966 
New Lynn Borough District Scheme Section 2A05-89Proposed  
Operative24 July 1967 
New Lynn Borough District Scheme - First ReviewA05-89Proposed1973 
Operative30 March 1976 
New Lynn Borough District Scheme - Second ReviewA05-89Proposed1983 
Operative3 June 1986View Online
Waitakere City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Waitakere City Transitional District Plan Comprises:
  • Glen Eden Borough District Scheme - Second Review (Operative March 1982)
  • Henderson Borough District Scheme - Third Review (Operative September 1987)
  • New Lynn Borough District Scheme - Second Review (Operative June 1986)
  • Waitemata City Council District Scheme 1984 (Operative December 1984)
Waitakere City Council District PlanA05-18Proposed1995 
Operative27 March 2003 
Incorporated into the Auckland Council District PlanView Online
Waitemata County
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Waitemata County Council Extra-Urban Planning Scheme 1941A05-16Proposed  
Operative14 November 1941 
Waitemata County Council Extra-Urban Planning Scheme 1952A05-16Approved1952 
Rescinded21 April 1953 
Waitemata County Council Section 1 District Scheme 1959A05-16Proposed1959 
Operative  
Waitemata County Council District Scheme 1973A05-16Proposed1969 
Operative15 February 1973 
Waitemata City
Scheme Archives Series Status Date View Online
Waitemata City Council District Scheme 1984A05-16Proposed1980 
Operative20 December 1984 

While every effort has been made to compile an accurate list of historic district schemes and plans, there may be some errors and omissions. These will be corrected as further arrangement and description work is carried out on the series of district schemes held by Auckland Council Archives.