RAPID stands for Rural Address Property Identification. It gives every rural property with a dwelling a Rapid number and 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 service and Civil Defence.
How to apply for a RAPID number
Our Customer Services Team will email you a Rapid number application form from GIS so that you can mark the entrance to your property on the form and return it to us. You will be charged by generating an invoice against your debtor account and we will email you this so you can pay online. The completed application form then gets sent to our Roading Team to order the Rapid number plate.
How is a RAPID number assigned to me?
Your RAPID number is based on the distance in metres your property is from the beginning of the road. The distance is measured from the start of the road (to the nearest 10 metres) to the centre of the driveway to your house.
The final measurement is divided by 10 and rounded to a whole number. Numbers on the right side of the road are even; those on the left are odd. For example:
A property located 642 meters from the start of the road would be numbered 64 if on the right side of the road or 65 if on the left side of the road.
If there is more than one dwelling off a driveway then a letter e.g. A, B, or C is added. The first house along the driveway will be A, the second B, etc.
If you have a shared driveway, you can request an additional plate to put on the house. The primary plate must remain at the entrance to the property.