One of the first things we will need to consider is if your activity will comply with the use and management of the park.
Many commercial activities are not suitable or practical to operate in a park due to the way the public will use the park or the legal constraints of how the park is managed.
A licence or a lease means you legally have the exclusive right to use an area of the park for your activity at a particular time and day. This gives you the peace of mind knowing you will be able to advertise your activity and an area of the park will be available for you.
In return for this exclusive use, you will be charged a fee by the Council based on your activity.
Regulations and consultation
Council’s parks are maintained and managed on behalf of all the ratepayers of the city. We need to achieve the best result for the ratepayers when a lease or a licence is issued for a park.
The Local Government Act (LG Act) and the Reserves Act do not allow us to work unilaterally (exclusively) with the first person that approaches the Council to use a park on a regular basis.
The Acts requires us to make sure we do not exclude other people (whether they have a similar or a different activity to yours) from putting forward a proposal to use the same area in the park.
We are legally required to go through the public notification (consultation) process for the area in the park you want to use before we can progress your or any other applications we receive.
Any activities on a Council park must comply with either the Reserves Act 1977 classification (if the park is managed under the Reserves Act) or the Local Government Act. All activities must comply with the Christchurch District Plan.
The Council’s Bylaws, Strategies, Reserve Management Plan and Parks Handbook may also influence whether your proposed activity will be suitable for the park.
Council staff, Councillors, the Chief Executive and the Mayor do not have the authority to grant you an exemption from the legal processes to give you permission to run your activity on a park. The Local Government Act and the Reserves Act legally bind us to follow their processes.