Fundraising & community events

If you're organising an event or a fundraiser which involves the sale of food you may have to meet legal requirements.

Usually you will need both:

  •  A licence to trade in a public place
  • An approval to sell food

 

Trading in a public place

Trading in a public place requires a licence. This applies to businesses such as mobile shops, a stall on a footpath or in a recreational area.

You do not need a licence for the following:

  • Any stall or stand operated by a recognised charitable organisation, or a not for profit community organisation
  • No licence is needed if the event is on private property
  • Any market, stall or stand which has a current approval under any other bylaw, legislation, resource consent, resolution of Council or written authorisation

 Council has some approved sites where you can trade. Find out when and where you can operate here (external link)

If you want to trade in a location that’s not pre-approved you will need to apply for approval. A licence to trade in a public place has conditions such as hours of trading and location.

Download an application form [PDF, 194 KB] (external link)                                                        

If you’re unsure what to do or have questions contact council on 0800 732 732 or make a request online (external link)

 

The sale of food

Information about the sale of food at fundraising and community events can be found here (external link)

You may also need approval for the following:

  • A special licence to sell alcohol
  • A building consent for a large marquee
  • A resource consent if the event is not a permitted activity under the District Plan
  • Trading on a Council reserve


If you’re unsure what to do or have questions contact council on 0800 732 732 or make a request online (external link)

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