Council, 2010.

Trading and Events in Public Places Policy 2010 [PDF 1.13MB]

1. Introduction

Trading and events in public places, where appropriate and managed, can add character, vibrancy and safety to urban areas and can attract visitors to these locations. However trading and events need to be balanced against the needs of the environment and the impact public and commercial activities may have on private properties adjacent to public areas.

This policy outlines the guidelines for:
Trading in public places, including general trading, mobile and travelling shops, hawkers, display of goods and services for sale including markets and stalls, street performances and other commercial activities.
Events in public places, including festival, theme day, rally, recreational / promotional activity, concert, fair, parade or other similar occasion, or a series of such occasions.

Some activities are allowed in public places without a written permit from the Council, provided they are carried out in accordance with this policy. Other activities are only allowed in a public place with a written permit from the Council. This policy identifies both types of activity and sets out relevant general conditions and whether a permit is required.

This policy has been developed to give effect to the Public Places Bylaw 2008, and is one of the operational policies referred to in the Bylaw.


2. Purpose

This policy aims to ensure that trading and events in public places enhance the life and attractiveness of an area by adding vibrancy and appeal, without inhibiting the safety and efficiency of pedestrian movement and vehicle travel.


3. Scope

This policy covers public places managed by the Council.

(The Arts Centre markets and activities are situated on private land and are not managed by the Council so do not fall under this policy).

This policy does not cover street appeals and soliciting for charities and/or membership, as these will be covered in the Street Appeals Policy.


4. General approach

No person may trade or organise events in a public place without the consent of the Council.

Unless otherwise stated, a Council permit will be required for any trading or events in a public place.

A permit under this policy only gives the applicant the right to trade or organise events in the specified public area. It is not a permit for the purposes of food hygiene, sale of alcohol, traffic management and does not cover private roads, state highways or other roads under the control of the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Any other required licence / permit must be obtained through the proper process. Obtaining any other appropriate permits may be a pre-requisite of a permit to trade in a public place.

This policy supersedes any licence / permits previously given by Council for matters covered in this policy, unless otherwise stated in this policy. New licences / permits must be applied for and issued in accordance with this policy, unless the activity can be carried out without a permit as stated in this policy. Any current licence / permit that contains an expiry date can continue until the expiry date or as otherwise specified in the licence / permit.

The Council encourages the use of local parks for a range of activities. If a group wishes to hold an activity in a park or reserve for which dedicated space is required, and this activity is not trading or an event as defined in this policy, then the group can make a booking by phoning Christchurch City Council Customer Services. A fee may be payable. No permit will be required unless other trading or events are to be carried out as part of this activity.

(Refer to the Christchurch City Council website for information about booking a public park.)

In determining trading and event locations, the Council will select sites at which:
appropriate standards of health, safety, pedestrian priority and visual amenity are maintained
the permitted activity is appropriate and sympathetic to the surrounding area
the trading or event supports or enhances the existing function of the area.

The Council will also consider the potential impact on established businesses when determining where street trading and events can occur.

The Council may, under the Parking Strategy, allow temporary lease of on-street parking spaces for trades/development activities and events.


5. Principles of this Policy

The following principles apply when considering applications for trading and events in public places:

  • Trading and events in public places can have positive impacts economically, socially and culturally when managed appropriately
  • The use of public places should provide opportunities for the public to participate in activities such as leisure, retail, recreation and entertainment
  • Trading and events should add to the city”s vibrancy, maintain public safety and strengthen the existing function of areas
  • The effects on existing businesses, including potential economic impacts, will be taken into account, and where possible mitigated, when considering any public place trading or commercial activity application
  • Businesses, groups and individuals that are permitted to use public places for trading and activities are responsible for managing these activities in accordance with Council policies, guidelines and conditions of use identified in the permit
  • Consideration will be given to health and safety and traffic management issues when considering applications for trading or events in a public place.