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Te Rīhi whare whakahaere kaupapa ā-hapori

Leasing buildings for community activities

We support the vital role community groups play in developing community engagement across the region by providing subsidised leases and licences of land and buildings for community activities through community occupancy agreements. Although community occupancies exist throughout the region, they are not always available.

Community occupancy eligibility

Your group must be an incorporated society or a charitable trust that requires space for the provision of community activities, projects and programmes in the Auckland region.

You can then register your interest to be considered for a building or space, when one becomes available.

Community occupancy guidelines

The community occupancy guidelines give an overview of:

  • eligibility criteria
  • the application process
  • standard terms and conditions.

​To check the guidelines for a specific local board, contact us on 09 301 0101 to speak to one of our community lease advisors, or email

Register your interest in a community occupancy lease

 By email

​Scan and email your completed form to

 By post

​Send your completed form to:

Community leasing team
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142

 In person

​Bring your completed form to one of our service centres. They will forward your registration form to the community leasing team.

What happens when a community occupancy becomes available

When a building, space or land becomes available, we ask for applications through:

  • public advertisement
  • direct notifying groups who have registered interest and who meet our criteria.

To discuss a public community occupancy advertisement, call us on 09 301 0101 to speak to one of our community lease advisors, or email us at

How we assess applications

We assess applications based on a number of criteria, including:

  • alignment to local board plans
  • suitability of the building or space for that particular community group
  • the costs involved in altering the building or space to accommodate the group, or the ability of the group to resource and undertake any changes itself
  • whether other groups in the community are offering similar services and/or activities
  • days and times the group needs to use the space
  • other options the community group may have for accommodation
  • the history and sustainability of the community group within that community
  • willingness of the community group to share resources and/or space with other compatible groups
  • ability of the group to pay the tenant's outgoings.

Deciding on the successful applicant

We send applications and recommendations to the relevant local board for consideration.

The final decision on the successful applicant is made by the relevant local board.