Temporary events such as fairs and festivals help make our district a vibrant place to live or visit.
A temporary event is allowed if it complies with all of the controlled and permitted activity rules and standards of our Operative District Plan (1999), is six hours or less in duration between 7am and 10pm, and occurs no more than once in any three-month period.
If you’re unsure about what you need to do to prepare for an event, get in touch with us early and we’ll be happy to help you work it out.
Our duty planner can assist you to navigate the rules and regulations and help ensure there are no last minute surprises or delays. For example, you may need to obtain resource consent or alcohol licence, or manage transport, building, or public health requirements.
Organisers should submit an event management plan to our duty planner six weeks before their planned event.
This form includes details of:
Preparing and selling foods at events with limited kitchen facilities has some inherent risks and if you are an event organiser and/or a stall holder then you’ll need to complete an application form. You’ll find what you need to know about food safety guidelines for organisers and food vendors on our food stall page along with food safety tips and guidance on how to comply with the conditions of your food stall approval.
If alcohol is going to be sold or supplied at your event you’ll need to apply for an alcohol licence. You’ll need to fill in an application for the special licence form for the types of licences that you want:
Check out tips and resources for planning a zero waste event.
Council has a number of buildings available for hire. These buildings provide suitable venues for residents to meet for leisure, recreation, sport, cultural, social, and educational activities.
Find out about our range of venues on our Community venues page.
Organisers wanting to find out about arranging a temporary event on Council land should contact us, as our land owner consent is required. Call 0800 486 486 and talk to the Recreation Facilities Coordinator for further information and advice.