Stalls and mobile businesses

To operate a mobile shop, hawk or set up a stall in a public place in the Whangārei District, you will need to apply for a licence. 

Definitions

  • mobile shop operates for short periods in one location before moving on, e.g. an ice cream van.
  • hawker offers goods for sale, sometimes on foot, without prior invitation to visit that private or public place.
  • stall is a specific location where a business is set up for more than 30 minutes e.g. on the roadside.

You may also need to register as a food business if you intend to sell food.  Please see our Food Registration information on the following page.

Food Premises

Apply for a licence

Step 1.Complete form

To trade in public or set up a stall, please download and fill in the application. 

Apply for a permit to trade in public(PDF, 160KB)

Step 2.Return to Council

Please return the form to Council by post, in person or by email.

Whangarei District Council
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

Alternatively, the form can be returned to any of these locations:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Step 3.Department referral

Your application will be referred to the following areas of Council:

  • Roading Department - to assess any impact on traffic safety
  • Parks Department - where parks or reserves are affected.

Step 4.Trade on a State Highway

To trade on a state highway, you must apply to the New Zealand Transport Authority.  

Call the Network Manager (Utilities) Highways and Network Operations on 09 969 9800.

Step 5.Trade in Cameron Street Mall

If you want to trade in the Cameron Street Mall, you must apply for a permit.  Download and fill in the following application form and return to us.

Apply to operate in the Cameron Street Mall(PDF, 175KB)

Apply for a licence exemption

You do not need a licence if you intend to set up a food stall for:

  • a one-off event
  • fundraising purposes (maximum of 20 fundraising events per year). 

You will need to provide notification of your food stall for assessment. 

Step 1.Provide notification

Download and fill in the notification form.

Notification of a Food Stall(PDF, 252KB)

Step 2.Return to Council

Please return the form to Council by post, in person or by email.

Whangarei District Council
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

Alternatively, the form can be returned to any of these locations:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closed public holidays

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closed public holidays

Step 3.Issue exemption

If you meet the exemption criteria, you will be issued with a Certificate of Exemption for your food stall.