Amusement Devices

Amusement Devices

An amusement device is any mechanically powered unit that is used for rider entertainment. This is traditionally, fairground machinery e.g. Merry go rounds, Ferris wheels, roller coasters etc.

However today there are a number of devices that fall within the “amusement device” definition such as bumper boats, bumper cars, indoor go-karts operations and mini bikes (three and four all - terrain vehicles).

Land-Borne Inflatable Devices

When a device is not classified as an amusement device, it may fall within the category of a ‘Land-Borne Inflatable device’ (eg Bouncy Castles and Horizontal Bungys)

Operators must comply with the requirements outlined in the attached document.


All amusement devices must have a Certificate of Registration issued by the Department of Labour, who can be contacted on 0800 209020.

The Department of Labour will inspect the mechanical aspects of the machinery, to ensure it is safe to use.

Permit to Operate

Before a registered device is operated the owner of the amusement device must obtain a permit from the Local Authority to operate the device.

An application must be made on Form 4 Amusement Device Regulations 1978 (PDF 165KB) and forwarded to Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348 or email to

Local Authorities Responsibilities

Before issuing a permit to operate, a local authority must ensure that the site and device are inspected by its engineer or some other competent person and that:

  • The ground on which the device is erected is able to support the device without risk of subsidence.
  • There is sufficient clearance between any part of the device and any fixed or moving objects in the vicinity, to prevent injury to any person when the device is in operation.
  • Where considered necessary for safety of the public protective fences or barriers are erected.
  • Complies with the Local Authority bylaws.


The fees prescribed by the regulations for the issue of permits are:

  1. For one device, for the first seven days of proposed operation or part thereof, $10:
  2. For each additional device operated by the same owner, for the first seven days or part thereof, $2
  3. For each device, $1 for each further period of seven days or part thereof.

The above is to be intended as a guide only and must be read in conjunction with the Amusement Device Regulations 1978 and the Machinery Act 1950.