Activities in a Public Place

The Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2016 is in force from 30 November 2016 and applies to the Queenstown Lakes District. The purpose of this bylaw is to:

(a) protect the public from nuisance

(b) minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public places

(c) protect, promote and maintain public health and safety

(d) protect land under Council control from misuse, damage or loss

(e) regulate trading in public places.

Under the Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2016, the following activities require registration with Council:

Registration for busking, charity street collection or a pop up stall must be completed using the online Activities in Public Places Registration Form. There is no cost to register these activities.

Please do not use this application form if you want to:

  • Run an activity in a public place for more than one hour in the same location. Instead please apply for a permit to hold an event on a public reserve. Complete the Venue & Event Enquiry Form and the venues team will contact you about booking an appropriate space for your event.
  • Set up a mobile food business in the district. Instead please email enquiries about setting up a mobile food business to services@qldc.govt.nz and the QLDC Environmental Health Team will contact you to discuss the process and requirements.

By registering your activity you confirm that the details provided by you are correct, and that you understand and agree to comply with the conditions of the Queenstown Lakes District Council Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2016. 

Once you complete the Activities in Public Places Registration Form please print it or save a copy to your mobile phone. The completed registration form is your activity permit and you must have a copy with you when conducting your stated activity. You must show this completed registration form if requested by a QLDC enforcement officer.

An activity permit will be valid for one year from the date of registration unless revoked by QLDC due to a breach of the Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2016 conditions.  

Organised Licensed Premises Tour

Organised Licensed Premise Tours must apply for permission by completing the Organised Licensed Premises Tour Application form [PDF 225KB] and emailing it to services@qldc.govt.nz. Please allow 20 working days for this application to be processed, providing all information is complete.

A Organised Licensed Premises Tour is a tour of two or more licensed premises (as defined in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012) involving a group of persons and that is marketed or advertised to the public or a section of the public in any form. It does not include a privately organised tour of licensed premises involving a group of persons that is not marketed or advertised to the public.

Once an application is approved, the initial permit will be valid for one year and will be free of charge. The permit must be renewed after the first year and will be valid for three years; this will incur a processing fee.

Activities of an extended duration

Activities of an extended duration are not covered by the Activities in Public Places Registration Form. If your temporary activity requires the use of a public place for more than one hour in the same location then you will require a permit to hire and use a public reserve. There are varying costs and conditions for these permits depending on the length of the hire and the location you wish you use. For more information about a permit to use a public space please complete the Venue & Event Enquiry Form or call the venues team on +64 3 450 9109.

If your temporary activity is an event such as a market, parade, festival, concert, or sport event there may be further requirements you must meet, including obtaining permits and consents. Refer to the Activities in Public Places Bylaw 2016 for a summary of conditions related to events. For guidance about what you must do when running an event in the district please contact the QLDC Events Office on 03 441 0499 or email events@qldc.govt.nz.

General conditions for all activities in a public place

Each activity has unique conditions which will be listed in Section 2 of the Activities in Public Places Registration Form. There are also general conditions that all registered activities in a public place must comply with.

These are:

1. Nuisances

A person must not use a public place to:

(a) do anything to cause or allow a nuisance to occur.

(b) wilfully obstruct, disturb or interfere with any other person in their use or enjoyment of that public place.

(c) use any material or thing recklessly or in a manner which may intimidate, be dangerous, be injurious to or cause a nuisance to any person.

(d) do anything to cause or allow damage to any property owned or controlled by the Council.

2. Distribution of leaflets and canvassing

A person must not in connection with a trading activity in a public place:

(a) deposit leaflets, flyers or other promotional material on any vehicle.

(b) distribute leaflets, flyers or other promotional material except within retail premises offering related goods or services for sale or hire provided the owner or occupier has given permission for the distribution to occur.

(c) distribute samples unless the distribution of samples occurs within retail premises offering related goods or services for sale or hire provided the owner or occupier has given permission for the distribution to occur.

(d) tout, solicit, canvass, entice, or accost any person.

For further information please contact QLDC at services@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 0499