Over time gravel roads experience gravel loss and re-gravelling is required to restore a suitable driving surface. A list of roads that require gravelling is prepared is prioritised to keep within the available funding. The priority is set based on the road, the condition of the road, and consideration of safety and accessibility issues.
We are no longer allowed to put oil on gravel roads for dust suppression. You can do your own dust suppression however you must apply to us to do this and it must be approved by the Otago Regional Council (ORC). To learn more about what products you can use please read the ORC's Waste Plan.
Click here to download an application form to apply for a Dust Suppression Permit
Residents can apply for a Semi-Permanent Seal to be applied to a section of road. This requires meeting certain criteria and a priority list has been developed to help carry out this process.
- Having a semi-permanent seal applied to the road would be expected to last up to seven years. This could be more depending on traffic and weather conditions. This dust suppressant has very similar surface characteristics as a sealed road and will be maintained by Council for up to five years once complete. The width of the suppressant will be determined by the width of the road.
- If you meet the criteria, you are eligible for a 50% subsidy on 100 metre lengths, estimated cost ($8,625 including GST).
- If you do not meet the criteria you can still get this suppression applied by paying the full amount.
- Council has developed payment options for this scheme, which you are welcome to ask about.
For more information call Council on 0800 801 350 and ask for James Allison, Transportation Team Leader.
Click here to download an application from to apply for a Semi-permanent Seal