You can apply to temporarily use any of the regeneration areas in Southshore, South New Brighton or Brooklands. We'll then help get your project or temporary land use up and running.

We assess all ideas against fixed criteria and need to know:

  • the practical details of your project or event.
  • any legal or regulatory requirements and responsibilities associated with your project or event, and how you’ll meet them
  • how you’re going to manage the safety risks of your project or event and its impact on the public, Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor users and neighbours. 
  • how you’ll return the land to its pre-use state after your project or event.
  • that we can still carry out land safety and maintenance work around your project or event.
  • how your project or event specifically supports recovery and regeneration objectives under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016(external link) and Regenerate Christchurch’s Vision and Objectives for the Ōtākaro-Avon River Corridor(external link).

Your project or event must be temporary. For enquiries or requests about permanent use contact transform@ccc.govt.nz.

When you use the regeneration area you’ll need to: 

  • let other users of the area – like neighbours, and possibly the public – know about your event or project.
  • keep us updated about your project or event.
  • make sure the land is returned to its pre-use state after your project or event is completed.
  • have $1 million public liability insurance.
  • have a site-specific health and safety plan.

Depending on what your event or project is, you might also need an environmental management plan, traffic management plan, waste management plan and/or hazard management plan.

The Council may need to cancel your use of the land if it's needed for regeneration purposes.

Making an application is free. However, there are some costs associated with using the regeneration areas.

  • You might need to pay the rates.
  • Depending on your project or event, you might need to pay a bond to cover the potential costs of returning the land to its pre-use state.
  • If you have commercial objectives, we’ll consider charges on a case-by-case basis.

There’s no easily accessible infrastructure in the regeneration areas – no power, no drinking water, no toilets. You’ll need to think about how you will provide these if they’re required for your project or event.

This land was red-zoned for a reason. There are a number of hazards on the land that you’ll need to take into account in your planning, and some areas might be unsuitable for your project or event.

Hazards in the flatlands include:

  • flooding and ponding
  • contaminated soil
  • cracks in the land
  • uneven surfaces
  • open culverts

Hazards in the Port Hills include:

  • rockfall
  • cliff collapse
  • cordoned-off areas
  1. Complete the expression of interest form below. We’ll email you an acknowledgement receipt along with a copy of your submitted form for your records.
  2. Once you’ve submitted the form, we’ll contact you to discuss your expression of interest and what you need to do to make an application. This could include sending supporting documents, such as a site map, depending on what you want to do. You might also need to attend a meeting to clarify what the proposal involves.
  3. Once you have all the information to make an application, you’ll need to send it to transform@ccc.govt.nz. Your application will be assessed against the fixed criteria, and we’ll let you know whether your application will be progressed.

Community-based advisory group Te Tira Kāhikuhiku(external link) provides advice to Christchurch City Council and LINZ on applications for temporary land uses.

Express your interest

Have an idea? Here’s what you need to tell us about your event or project, as well as conditions on using the regeneration areas.

Before you apply, you might want to check the LINZ projects and events page(external link)(external link) to see what’s already happening in the regeneration areas.

Are you applying on behalf of an organisation?