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August 6th, 2014

Feedback wanted by 4 September, on the Draft Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw

The proposed Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw is now open for comment, with feedback due by Thursday 4 September. Trading and events in public places contributes to the economic, social and cultural vitality of Auckland, adds to the character of a local area, provides a useful service to residents and generates income from visitors.

The proposed bylaws covers markets and stalls, mobile shops, outdoor dining, offering commercial services, outdoor display of goods, distribution of promotional material/goods, fundraising, street performances, filming, and events.

We are generally in support of what is proposed, particularly as it looks to incorporate much of what the previous Auckland City Council bylaw stipulated. The two key principles that we will be basing our submission on is that:

  • any planned activity in public space does not impact or compromise on fixed business activity (i.e. mobile trading ‘competing’ with fixed business)
  • any planned activity does not impact on the enjoyment, accessibility and flexibility of the public space
Auckland Council will also be developing accompanying policies, guidelines and procedures around a number of elements including outdoor dining, market stalls and mobile shops and fundraisers, and we will look to ensure that we are actively involved in their development before they are finalised. These will be critical in ensuring that these key principles can be delivered on.

For more information on the proposed bylaws, plus submission forms and a series of FAQs, click here.

We will be making a submission and we welcome any feedback you may have. Submissions close at 4.30pm on Thursday 4 September 2014.


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