Commercial Operators Licence

Applications for a 1 July 2022 open on Tuesday 1 February and close on 29 March.

Photo: Georgia's Goods operating from Hunt Rd Reserve, Whangamata.

Download a list of current commercial operators here(PDF, 161KB)

Businesses with concessions usually operate from mobile premises such as a coffee cart or a trailer-based bike or surfboard-hire shop.

The area occupied by the business is restricted to the immediate area of the activity and shall not unduly encroach onto the general public's use of the beach or reserve or obstruct beach and reserve users. 

Please note that licences for commercial operations take time to process, so to make sure you don’t miss out on getting your application looked at contact us early, as there are limited spaces.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed for this period.

When applications open again, you will be able to download the application form which you can fill out online and e-mail to us at or hand in at your local Council office. 

Once an application has been received and approved for submission it is presented to the local community board for endorsement, before getting official sign-off by our Council.

Standard terms and conditions of operating on Council reserves is available here(PDF, 129KB).

For any queries, please call Customer Services on 07 868 0200.