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Trade from public land

Hokohoko mai i te papa whenua tūmatanui

Public land is any land that Auckland Council or a council controlled organisation owns, manages or maintains, and is open for use to the public.

Book a pre-application meeting

Before you apply to trade from a public site, request a free pre-application meeting with one of our officers.

This meeting is optional, but you can ask questions and discuss your proposed location.

Our tip

You need to have a location in mind before this meeting.

​What you need to trade from public land

To trade from public land, you will need to:

Other licences and permission

If you are selling food you should apply to register your business before or at the same time as your mobile trading licence. See Apply for food registration.

If you are planning to trade in a park beach or reserve, you'll need to apply for permission to trade in a park.

If you plan to use a vessel on a waterway e.g. kayaks, you need permission from the Harbourmaster - see Plan a harbour event.

If you plan to use a vessel on a waterway e.g. kayaks, you need permission from the Harbourmaster.

Choosing a public site

 For advice on choosing a public site, email us. You must gain approval for your choice of site before you begin trading. Public land sites do not offer power or wastewater disposal services. 

If you want to have a permanent site on public land you will need to contact the relevant department in council that maintains that land (Auckland Transport or Auckland Council Parks).

Rules of trading from public land

  • You must leave the site clean and tidy at the end of the day’s trading.
  • You must not cause danger to pedestrians, cyclists, or other vehicles.
  • You must not trade within 50m of an intersection or where your activity will limit visibility for other road users.
  • You must not block access to private property.
  • You cannot park a vehicle on the berm or footpath unless you get special permission.
  • You must not breach any Auckland Transport parking rules or time restrictions.
  • The trading set up must not block visibility for pedestrians or vehicles
  • Main arterial roads are not suitable locations for mobile traders due to increased traffic volumes. Some roads, such as Tamaki Drive, are completely restricted to new traders.

Roaming licences

We grant roaming licences only to ice cream trucks (Mr Whippy). Roaming licences have a different set of conditions to fixed site traders.

 Related topics

 

 

Open a mobile trading businesshttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/business-licences/mobile-traders/open-a-mobile-trading-businessOpen a mobile trading businessCheck if you need a mobile trading licence, find out where you can trade, and apply for your mobile trading licence.Guideaspx
Renew your mobile trading licencehttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/business-licences/mobile-traders/Pages/renew-your-mobile-trading-licence.aspxRenew your mobile trading licenceRenew your mobile trading licence before it expires.aspx
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Transfer a mobile trading licencehttps://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/business-licences/mobile-traders/Pages/transfer-mobile-trading-licence.aspxTransfer a mobile trading licenceFind out how to apply to transfer a mobile trading licence.aspx
2. Where can I trade?https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/licences-regulations/business-licences/mobile-traders/open-a-mobile-trading-business/Pages/where-can-I-trade.aspx2. Where can I trade?Check if you need a mobile trading licence, find out where you can trade, and apply for your mobile trading licence.aspx