Licences and regulations

Street and public places trading

Street trading is the sale of goods and services in public places. It includes, but isn't limited to:

  • markets and street stalls
  • hawking
  • mobile shops
  • dining on the footpath
  • amusement devices.

To ensure street/public places trading in Auckland is well managed and consumers have a level of protection, we issue licenses to traders and check that they follow our guidelines.

The guidelines are currently set out in local bylaws for different regions of Auckland.

A review is underway to replace these bylaws with a single region-wide bylaw. For more information, please refer to the Bylaws under review

If you propose to operate your activity on a local or sports park you will be required to provide us with details of how it may impact on the park. 

See How to apply for a permit to carry out commercial activities on parks and reserves, such as mobile vendors.


Food and street stalls

See Food stall registration.


Central Auckland

Applying for a street trading licence

If you are applying for a street trading licence in the Auckland central area you will need to follow the guidelines set out in No. 20 Public Places 2008 bylaw.

For more information and an application form, please contact us or visit our Graham Street service centre.

Special guidelines for street trading

There are also special guidelines for certain street trading activities as follows:

Outdoor dining and drinking facilities in public places

Auckland has many opportunities for al fresco or outdoors dining.

Businesses in the Auckland central area can get a licence that allows them to use part of the footpath in front of their building to seat customers outside.

The terms of this licence also require the business to:

  • avoid compromising street amenity and local character
  • allow pedestrian flow
  • comply with appropriate health and safety regulations.

For advice on how to follow these guidelines, or to apply for a licence, please contact us.

Giving away goods in public places

Sometimes organisations use free giveaways to promote a product or service. 

Organisations or individuals operating in the Auckland central area can get a licence for this. 

The terms of this licence also requires you to:

  • avoid compromising street amenity or local character
  • allow pedestrian flow
  • comply with appropriate health and safety regulations.

For advice on how to follow these guidelines, or to apply for a licence, please contact us.

Sale of goods and services in public places

Our guidelines for sale of goods and services in public places, including markets and street stalls, is currently being finalised. Please contact us for more information. 


North Auckland

Rodney District

Bylaws for street trading in the Rodney District area cover a number of different activities. Refer to the Trading in Public Places Bylaw.

Contact us for all enquiries about street trading licences and permits, including the operation of amusement devices and commercial activities in parks or reserves.

North Shore

Bylaws for street trading in the North Shore area cover a number of different activities. Refer to the Trading in Public Places Bylaw.


West Auckland

Under the former Waitakere City Council Public Places Bylaw 2010, all hawkers, mobiles shops and stalls or stands must get a Street Trading Licence from council before they set up.

Applying for a street trading licence

To apply for a street trading licence in the former Waitakere City Council area, please contact us.

Special guidelines for street trading

There are some streets and public places in the Waitakere City area where hawkers, stalls or stands, or mobile or travelling shops can not operate.

There are exception for each type of activity contained within the bylaw as follows:

Hawkers 

In legal terms a hawker is defined as 'any person who carries or takes about any goods, wares, or merchandise for sale not in pursuance of any invitation to call with, or of any previous order of request for, such goods, and includes a peddler and any person who exposes for sale any goods, wares, or merchandise carried or taken about by him, or solicits the custom of any other person; and whether any such person shall carry any such goods, wares, or merchandise or not, but does not include any person who uses any vehicle as a mobile or travelling shop'.  

Hawkers include:

  • door to door salemen
  • bun runners

Mobile shops 

A mobile or travelling shop is defined as 'a vehicle, whether self-propelled or not, from which goods, wares, or merchandise are offered or exposed for sale in the street, or from which goods, wares, or merchandise may be ordered.(whether or not in pursuance of any invitation to call with the goods, wares, or merchandise) or from which services are offered for sale in the street.

This does not include any vehicle on or from which food is sold for consumption in or at the vehicle, or any vehicle used for the purpose of transporting and delivering goods, wares or merchandise pursuant to a prior order placed for the delivery of goods, wares, or merchandise'.

Mobile or travelling shops, such as ice-cream or fruit vans, may not stop on any public road or public place for any period greater than 10 minutes, unless council has issued them a stall licence.


South Auckland

Manukau

The Events and Trading in Parks and Public Places Bylaw details the type of trading activities that are allowed, those which require permission from the council and those which are prohibited.

Franklin District

The Trading in Public Places Bylaw 2008 regulates the sale of goods from mobile or travelling shops and hawkers. 

For more information about food stall trading in South Auckland, see Food stall registration or contact us

See also Street performance and busking.