Do you have an Event? Book a Park, Reserve or Open Space

1. Overview

The Far North District Council encourages the use of reserves and open spaces for activities that enhance the culture and uplift the community of our district. This can range from small family picnics to community concerts, large parades and cultural festivals.

If you are planning to hold an event on a Council-owned, administered or managed reserve, park, road, street or footpath, you need to complete an online event application.

Alternatively, you can download an application form and once completed, deliver, post or email it to us. We will then work with you to get your event approved.

We can make sure no other event is planned at the same time and will ensure the venue is clean and tidy with recycling bins supplied if required. We will also advise you on whether you need to apply for special consents or licences, such as a liquor licence, and whether you need to apply for road closures.

We maintain around 500 hectares of parks and reserves in over 30 locations throughout the district. These areas are for everyone to enjoy. Many of the parks and reserves also contain playgrounds. These are maintained to New Zealand and Australian standards.

The following information indicates (and is based on the size and type of event you are planning):

  • how much notice we require
  • what plans need to be supplied with the application
  • what licences need to be applied for

All event applications must include a Health and Safety Plan(PDF, 147KB) and a Waste Minimisation Plan. We recommend you have all the plans and licence applications in place prior to commencing your event application.

2. Small event size

A small event has:

  • no road closures or disruption to transport routes
  • no (registered) food vendors
  • no more than two amusement devices (e.g., bouncy castle)
  • less than 5 items of simple infrastructure (e.g., portable toilets, small stage or gazebo)
  • attendance of fewer that 100 people

Examples are:

  • wedding ceremonies
  • family reunions
  • fund-raising events
  • park-based fun runs or walks
When to apply for a small event

You should apply a minimum of four weeks before the event.

Required plans and documents

3. Medium event size

A medium event size may have the potential to impact Council assets as well as:

  • minor road closures and potential disruption to transport routes
  • one to five food vendors and/or liquor-licensed areas
  • five or more amusement devices (e.g., bouncy castles)
  • five or more items of simple infrastructure (e.g., portable toilets, small stage or gazebo)
  • infrastructure that requires Building Consent (e.g., marquees)
  • multiple contractors
  • payment of refundable bond
  • fees for commercial use of a reserve
  • expected attendance of between 100 to 400 people

Examples are:

  • triathlons
  • large scale sporting events
  • music events with stages
  • circus
When to apply for a medium event

You should apply a minimum of 4 to 6 months prior to the event.

Required plans and documents

4. Large event

A large event may impact the wider community and may require public consultation. In addition it may have:

  • road closures, disruption to transport and high traffic volume
  • multiple food vendors and/or liquor-licensed areas
  • significant infrastructure builds
  • multiple event sites and/or across multiple days
  • crowd control or security required
  • pyrotechnics (fireworks)
  • Resource Consent requirements
  • payment of refundable bond
  • fees for commercial use of a reserve
  • expected attendance of more than 400 people

Examples are:

  • major sporting event
  • major music festivals
When to apply for a large event

You should apply a minimum of 8 months prior to the event. A pre-event planning meeting with Far North District Council staff is a pre-requisite.

Required plans and documents

5. Apply online

Select the relevant button below to start your application.

6. Terms and conditions

An event is an organised special occasion of limited duration that brings people together for the primary purpose of participating in an uplifting community, cultural, commemorative, recreational, sport, art, educational or entertainment experience.

If you are organising an event on a public space in the Far North, you will need to obtain an event permit and other licences or consents from the Far North District Council.

At times and for varying reasons, Council Parks and Reserves may be closed for public safety necessitating that events will not be permitted to be held even if approval has previously been granted.


The Event Organiser and their participants will abide by all rules and directives published and updated by the government at Far North District Council may immediately terminate this Agreement if the Hirer breaches any of the government rules or directives relating to Covid-19.

General conditions of use

Use of a reserve

Events must be held in a manner that allows maximum use of the reserve for the general public not taking part in the event. i.e. no exclusive use of a reserve.


Pre and post event site inspections may be undertaken by Council or their representative.

Public parking

Public parking areas must remain available to the public and cannot be reserved exclusively for your guests.


Far North District Council’s public outdoor spaces are smoke-free across the district.

Times of Use

Events must take place during the date/s and time/s agreed to by Council. Any events held on Council property must not run past midnight.

Fees and Charges

The Event Organiser must pay any fees as required by the Far North District Council prior to the event. The organiser is responsible for any fees or service and supply charges associated with the event/activity.


The Event Organiser may be required to provide Council with a refundable bond prior to the event. The bond will be returned once the reserve is returned to the same condition it was in before the event; and once outstanding fees, charges or costs have been paid.


If the event is cancelled by the Event Organiser, Council must be notified on the first available working day.

The Far North District Council is entitled to cancel an event permit under certain circumstances. This may be due to unsuitable ground conditions or other events outside of the control of Council such as natural disasters.  In these circumstances Council will work with the Event Organisers to minimise the impact of the cancellation.

Event Changes

The Event Organiser must inform Council of any changes to the event after the permit is issued.  All changes must be approved by Council prior to the event being held.

Condition of site

The reserve/public place must be left in a clean and tidy condition with all litter and rubbish being removed from the reserve/public place by the Event Organiser.  The removal and disposal of rubbish will be at Event Organisers expense/cost.

Event Equipment

Council will not be liable for any damage to, or theft of, the Event Organiser’s property or equipment. All equipment and structures used by the Event Organisers must be in good, safe working order.

The Event Organiser shall provide, set up and remove all temporary structures, road markings, signs, rubbish bins, toilets, equipment, props or other structures or devices associated with the event.  Removal of such equipment shall take place immediately after the event.

If these items are not removed after reasonable notice, the Council or its representative shall have the power to remove and dispose of the same at the cost of the Event Organiser.

Protection of the Public Space

Any damage to the reserve/public place or to public structures or equipment within the reserve/public space must be repaired or replaced by the Event Organiser or as agreed by Council at the cost of the Event Organiser.

The Event Organiser is liable for any damage to council assets (lawns, soil, trees, road surface, street furniture etc.) caused by the operations or activities of the permitted event.

In the event of damage, loss or injury to any person or property resulting from the Event Organiser’s work or event, it is the Event Organiser’s responsibility to meet the full cost of repair or compensation.

Legislation Plans and Licenses

Compliance with rules and legislation

All statutory requirements, regulations and Council’s bylaws must always be adhered to by the Event Organiser and event participants.

An approved event provides the Event Organiser with limited permission to occupy public land for the purposes stated and shall not be deemed to amount to any other consent, approval, or licence that may be required for the running of the event/activity.


The Event Organiser shall obtain all appropriate licences or consents and adhere to their terms and conditions (e.g. liquor, food, building consents, special effects, temporary structures and marquees).

Noise Control

All Event Organisers must comply with permitted District Plan Rules noise standards.

Any monitoring of noise levels by Far North District Council or its representative during an event will be at the Event Organiser’s expense.

Health and Safety

The Event Organiser must ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that the Site and the Event, including anything arising from the Site or the Event, are without risks to the health and safety of any persons.

The Event Organiser must provide Council with a health and safety management plan specific to the event at least 20 Business Days prior to the Event set up Date.

The Event Organiser must meet all health and safety requirements and ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of any:

  • workers involved in carrying out the Event;
  • workers whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the Event Organiser;
  • event participants; and other person is not put at risk from carrying out the Event.

The Event Organiser must:

  • keep a record of all deaths, injuries, illnesses and notifiable incidents which are required by law to be notified (Notifiable Event) to WorkSafe New Zealand for at least 5 years from the date on which notice of the relevant event is given to the public authority;
  • as soon as possible after becoming aware that a Notifiable Event arising out of the Event has occurred, ensure that WorkSafe New Zealand is notified of the Notifiable Event;
  • and as far as the site at which any Notifiable Event has occurred is under the Event Organiser’s management or control, take all reasonable steps to ensure that the site where the Notifiable Event occurred is not disturbed until authorised by WorkSafe New Zealand.

Following any Notifiable Event, the Event Organiser must:

  • Inform Council of the notifiable event and the details surrounding the notifiable event as soon as practically possible;
  • provide Council with a copy of any information or notice which the Event Organiser is required to provide or make to WorkSafe New Zealand relating to that Notifiable Event provide Council with a report giving complete details, including results of investigations, into the cause of the Notifiable Event and any recommendations or strategies for prevention of any similar Notifiable Event in the future;
  • and provide Council with such assistance as may be reasonably necessary to conduct a Notifiable Event, incident or accident investigation, including covering all of Council’s costs of carrying out any investigation.

The Event Organiser must, so far as is reasonably practicable, engage with workers involved in carrying out the Event in relation to health and safety matters concerning the Site or the Event. The Event Organiser shall have procedures in place that provide reasonable opportunities for such workers to participate effectively in improving health and safety in respect of the Site and the Event on an ongoing basis.

The Event Organiser must, so far as is reasonably practicable, co-ordinate, consult and co-operate with all other duty-holders in relation to the Event, including Council.


The Event Organisers must ensure that any approved Traffic Management Plan is complied with, including any parking arrangements.

The Event Organiser is liable for all costs related to the design and implementation of the events Traffic Management Plan and the associated Road Closure Notices.

Waste Management

The Event Organiser must adhere to the waste management plan as supplied to and approved by Council.

The Event Organiser is liable for all costs related to the design and implementation of the events Waste Management Plan.

Public Indemnity Insurance

The Event Organiser will need to have public indemnity insurance in place depending on the type, size and location of the event. The amount of public indemnity insurance cover that will be required will be determined by Council at its absolute discretion based on said factors. The insurance policy must be current at the date and time of the event. 

Special Conditions

Special conditions may apply dependent on type, size and location of event.

Failure to comply

A breach of any of these terms and conditions or Special Conditions, may result in:

  • forfeiture of all or part of the bond (if any)
  • closure of the Event
  • cancellation of the event permit
  • refusal to accept future bookings from the Event Organiser; and/or
  • the Event Organiser being liable for any extra costs Council may incur relating to the event.