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 us

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

By post:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Te Mai
Whangārei 0143

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

In-person:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closes:  2:00pm on 23 December 2022
Reopens:  8:00am on 9 January 2023

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closes:  2:00pm on 23 December 2022
Reopens:  8:30am on 9 January 2023

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 Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.  

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)

Check how much you will need to pay:

Cameron Street Mall permits fees

You can use our online form to enquire about booking a mall site.

Enquire online

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, 178KB)

Step 2.Return to us

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

By post:

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Te Mai
Whangārei 0143

Email:  mailroom@wdc.govt.nz

In-person:

Forum North customer service centre
7 Rust Avenue, Whangārei
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Closes:  2:00pm on 23 December 2022
Reopens:  8:00am on 9 January 2023

Ruakākā service centre 
9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā
Monday to Friday - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Closes:  2:00pm on 23 December 2022
Reopens:  8:30am on 9 January 2023

Step 3.Issue exemption

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