Permits are required for trading in the public places in our city.

Public Places Bylaw 2018

Trading and Events in Public Places Policy 2018

Public speaking

An area in Cathedral Square has been designated as a special use area for public speaking. No booking is required however only one hour speaking at a time is permitted.

Cathedral Square - public speaking map [PDF, 41 KB]

Amusement devices

Apply for an amusement device permit

Download and complete a permit to operate a registered amusement device form [PDF 45KB].

Amusement devices are regulated under the Amusement Device Regulations 1978(external link).

This requires that all devices have a valid Certificate of Registration and that whenever they are operated they have a local authority permit (Regulation 11(external link)).

Please note the following to help us process your application:

  • Applications must be accompanied by a current Certificate of Registration and the application fee
  • Applications for weekend inspections should be submitted before 5pm on Thursday
  • Applications for other days should be submitted at least two days before the event
  • Applications should state exactly where the intended amusement device site will be and include an “inspect-by” time and a contact telephone number
  • Rides should not commence before the device has been inspected and the permit issued.

Fees for permits

All associated fees are detailed on the application form.

  • Fees must be paid when the application form is submitted. They cannot be paid on-site on the day.
  • Fees for permit applications are non-refundable
  • Applications are not transferable to other dates outside those on the original application.

Street performers

Apply for a permit

Download and complete a street performance application form [PDF 1.3MB].

Street performers, including pavement artists, must ask the permission of the mall or landowner. For the public places that Council manages, we have set aside some areas where street performers do not require a permit. In other cases a permit is required.

Council has laid out rules for managing street performers in the public places it manages in the following:

Street performance permit

The fee for this permit is $37 (including GST).

Please note, applications will be actioned within 10 working days provided all required information has been submitted. If the form is incomplete there may be a delay in processing.

Pavement art

A street performance permit is required by all pavement artists, working in any area, including nominated street performance areas. Pavement artists must comply with the Street Performers general conditions and the general conditions for Pavement Artists.

Pavement art is not permitted in the Central City unless it is part of an approved event. The sites where pavement art is permitted as part of the event will be stipulated as part of the event permit.

Pavement artists may be allowed outside the Central City area on the approval of a permit. The sites where pavement art is permitted will be stipulated as part of the permit. Advertising on the pavement is not considered pavement art under this policy and is not allowed in any circumstances.

General conditions for pavement artists

If a permit is approved, pavement artists must:

  • Ensure all work directly on the pavement is created with materials that can be washed off with water without leaving any residue. The materials must not be slippery or create a public hazard
  • Ensure all work on removable surfaces such as plastic, canvas or paper/card is fixed to the pavement by means of a product that does not leave a residue on the pavement
  • Keep their site clean, tidy and safe at all times
  • Not offer individual works of art or products by artists for sale at the site.

Retail stalls

Apply for a permit

Download and complete a temporary retail stall application form [PDF 1.3MB].

Temporary retails stalls

A temporary retail stall is a stand, stall, tent, mobile shop or other set-up that is:

  • temporary, removed each day, and
  • is operated for less than 6 months in any 12 month period.

The fee for this permit is $84 (including GST).

Please note, applications will be actioned within 10 working days provided all required information has been submitted. If the form is incomplete there may be a delay in processing.

General conditions

Mobile or travelling shops

Apply for a permit

Download and complete a mobile or travelling shop application form [PDF 1.3MB].

Christchurch City Council regulates the activities of mobile or travelling shops under the following:

This register of restricted roads [PDF, 15 KB] show where mobile or travelling shops are not permitted.

The fee for this permit is $136 (including GST).

Please note, applications will be actioned within 10 working days provided all required information has been submitted. If the form is incomplete there may be a delay in processing.

General conditions

This document lists the General conditions of mobile or travelling shop permit [PDF, 22 KB].

Hawkers

Apply for a permit

Download and complete a hawker's permit application form [PDF 1.3MB].

A hawker is someone who travels about carrying goods for sale unsolicited to the public, but does not display them on a table or stall, such as a pedlar. A permit is required for hawking in public places, and it is not permitted in some areas of our city.

Hawking does not include stallholders or people with mobile or travelling shops.

Hawkers in public places

Hawkers are not permitted within:

  • The central city area bounded by and including Moorhouse Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue, Bealey Avenue, Park Terrace, Rolleston Avenue and Antigua Street (to Moorhouse Ave)
  • The Akaroa Business District being Rue Lavaud, Beach Road from Rue Benoit to the Akaroa Lighthouse, and Church Street.

Hawkers permit

A permit is required for hawking in any public place outside the not-permitted areas.

Applications are considered on an individual basis.

The fee for this permit is $37 (including GST). 

Please note, applications will be actioned within 10 working days provided all required information has been submitted. If the form is incomplete there may be a delay in processing.

In considering an application to hawk, the Council will take into account:

  • the nature of the merchandise involved
  • the quality of the merchandise
  • the environment the applicant requests to operate in, including the width of the footpath and the volume of pedestrian movement
  • access requirements for wheelchairs and pushchairs; and the impact on local existing businesses.

The conditions for hawkers and the areas where this activity is permitted will be set out in an approval letter after the applications has been considered.

If a hawker is selling food, a health licence may also be needed.

This document outlines the general Conditions for Hawkers [PDF, 30 KB] permit.

Complaints

Complaints relating to hawkers operating in public places should be referred to:

Hawkers on private property

Hawkers who go door to door to sell on private property do not operate in a public place, and thus do not fall within the requirements of the Public Places Bylaw 2018.

Complaints about hawkers on private property should be referred to:

Windscreen washers

For safety reasons, the Council does not issue licences to people who want to wash windscreens on public roads.