What you need to trade from public land
If you want to trade from public land you will need approval from us.
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.
To trade from public land, you will need to:
- get landowner approval if you want to trade from a park, beach, reserve (including a reserve car park), or other council-owned land - see
email us to find out if there is an available site.
- gain approval for your choice of site before you begin trading
- understand that public land sites do not offer power or wastewater disposal services
- get a licence from the
Auckland Harbourmaster if your service involves the use of a vessel on water
apply for a mobile trading licence.
Get the right mobile trading licence
There are three types of mobile trading situations that impact your licence and licence conditions.
You must be aware of which situation is suitable for you when applying for a licence.
Trading at multiple sites at the same time
Each site will require its own separate licence.
For example: a fruit seller trading Monday-Wednesday between 10am and 1pm, at three different sites simultaneously.
Each of these three sites will require its own licence.
Trading at multiple sites at different times
If there is no overlap in trading times for each site, then only one licence is required.
For example: a fruit seller trading at a site from 10am to 11am, then moving to another site from 11:30am to 1pm, and then moving again to another site from 2pm to 3pm.
Only one mobile trading licence is required as there is no overlap in trading times between the sites. (Note: each site must be approved before you can trade there).
A roaming licence
We grant roaming licences to vehicle-based traders who do not have fixed location. For example: an ice cream truck or coffee cart.
Roaming licences have a different set of conditions to fixed site traders.
You can also use
our guides to find a suitable site and apply to trade from it.
Rules of trading from public land
- You must leave the site clean and tidy at the end of the day.
- You must not cause danger to pedestrians, cyclists, or other vehicles.
- The trading set up must not block visibility for pedestrians or vehicles - a minimum 50m distance is recommended for intersections, roundabouts, etc.
- 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.
- Main arterial roads are not suitable locations for mobile traders due to increased traffic volumes - suitability of some roads may change suddenly due to traffic management or roadworks.
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.
Register your food business.