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Mobile Shop, Stalls and Hawking

This page contains information about applying for a licence to operate a mobile shop, hawking or a stall in Whangarei District.
Updated: 11/03/2020 3:32 p.m.

​Who needs a licence?

If you want to operate a mobile shop, hawk or set up a stall in a public place in Whangarei District you will need to apply for a licence. 

You will also need to register as a food business if you intend to sell food.

To help you understand what these different terms mean:

A mobile shop operates for short periods in one location before moving on, eg an ice cream van.

A hawker offers goods for sale, sometimes on foot, without prior invitation to visit that private or public place.

A stall is specific location where a business is set up for more than 30 minutes eg on the roadside.

How do I apply for a licence?

To apply for a licence under the bylaw, complete the application form below. 

If you are applying for a stall licence, you will need to supply a map showing where you wish to set up, and photos of your vehicle in that location. 

You will need to be specific about the site you are applying for and the times you want to trade there.

The application is passed to the Roading Department to assess any impact on traffic safety. 

It will also be passed to the Parks Department where parks or reserves are affected.

If you want a stall site on a State Highway you must apply to the Network Manager (Utilities) Highways and Network Operations at NZTA.  Tel: 09 969 9800.

Completing the printable form

Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then either:

  • print it, complete it by hand and send or deliver it to us; or
  • fill it out on your computer and save it before attaching it to an email to us.

Stall Licence application form [201kb]


If you want to operate in the Cameron Street Mall, you must apply for a permit to operate in the Cameron Street Mall.

Cameron Street Mall Site Application Form [176kb]



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