The Council recognises that events play an important part in the city’s wellbeing. We want to encourage event organisers to consider the many benefits of using open spaces and to plan their events using long-term sustainability practices.
Christchurch has a wide range of parks, reserves and other public spaces that can be utilised for a variety of events and activities. However, to manage these resources on behalf of the wider community, those responsible for planning and delivering the event (the event organiser), must apply to the Council for a permit to use the public space (event venue).
In most cases, detailed information will be required to support your event permit application. This information is needed to ensure:
In addition to requiring a permit to conduct your event on Council land, particular activities and types of infrastructure (marquees, stages, etc.) will also require specific permits from Council.
In general, all events that apply are required to submit the following to support the events application:
More complicated events that have more impact on the public, the park grounds, the traffic and/or the environment might require:
Within Christchurch city there are many public open spaces – parks, gardens, promenades, reserves and legal roads that are available to use for an event.
The sites available vary depending on the type of event or activity and due to the sensitive nature of these locations.
Bookings are required for wedding ceremonies in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Please contact our Call Centre on 03 941 8999 for more information.
In 2003, Film NZ officially recognised the Council's support of the film industry by awarding it Film Friendly(external link) status. Filming applicants are required to apply for a filming permit.
Please contact the Events Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org. A minimum of ten business days notice is required for a crew of more than 10 people.
Permits might be required for trading and performing in the public places in our city.
In 2020, the Council introduced the Smokefree and Vapefree Public Places Policy.
The policy aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Christchurch residents by reducing the prevalence of smoking and vaping by focusing on providing smokefree and vapefree messaging in Council-owned, managed, maintained or controlled outdoor public places and assets.
We invite all events organisers to promote and plan for a smokefree event using the smokefree events – tips for implementation guidelines [PDF, 2.5 MB].
As a leading advocate for all citizens of Christchurch, the Council has responsibilities to advocate for access and equity issues as they relate to people with disabilities. The Council encourages all events organisers to promote and plan for an accessible event using the event accessibility toolkit.