New Fees Proposed: Outdoor Trading in the City Centre
Auckland Council are proposing to double the cost of outdoor dining in the city centre, as part of a process standardise fees for all trading and events activities across the region to coincide with the new Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw coming into effect 1 July 15. These proposed changes will impact on HOTCity businesses with street trading licences.
This proposals include an increase of rental fees to $140/m2, up from $70/m2. We are meeting with Council to find out more about the planned changes, including seeking clarity around how they have arrived at the figure for the city centre, which is significantly higher than surrounding areas, including Ponsonby Road and Newmarket. On face value this seems to unfairly penalise city centre businesses over those in other areas. We support the need to charge for the privilege of using outdoor public space for commercial gain, but are concerned that this does not appear equitable nor support the aspirations of creating a vibrant, business friendly city centre.
More detail on the available charges are here.
We will be seeking feedback from HOTCity members on this as part of our wider Long Term Plan feedback process prior to forming our submission. We will update this article once we have been provided with more detail from Council.
In the meantime, please contact us to discuss this or provide feedback direct to Council here by 16 March 15.