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Mobile Shop, Stalls and Hawking

This page contains information about applying for a licence to operate a mobile shop, hawk or set up a stall in the Whangarei District.
Updated: 8/05/2020 4:34 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 the Whangarei District, you will need to apply for a licence. 

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

You may also need to register as a food business if you intend to sell food.  For further information about this, follow the link below.

Is anyone exempt from requiring a licence?

Yes.  If you intend on setting up a food stall for a one-off event, or for fundraising purposes (maximum of 20 fundraising events per year), you do not require a licence. 

However, you will need to provide notification of your food stall for assessment.  Should the information provided meet the criteria, you will be issued with a Certificate of Exemption for your food stall.

If you think you fall into this category, please complete the notification form below.

Food Stall Notification [242kb]

How do I apply for a licence?

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

 Permit to Trade in Public Place Application [156kb]

Your application is referred to Council's Roading Department to assess any impact on traffic safety, and also Council's 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.  Ph: (09) 969 9800.

If you want to operate in the Cameron Street Mall, you must apply for a permit.  Please complete the application form below.

Submit your application

By post

Whangarei District Council, Private Bag 9023, Whangarei 0148

In person

Forum North, 7 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

Walton Plaza, 4 Albert Street, Whangarei

Ruakaka Service Centre, Takutai Place, Ruakaka

By email



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