Trading and Events in Public Places Policy

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Our public places are important – we use them to socialise, play, and work. We want them to be lively, vibrant, and safe for everyone to use.

We are reviewing our policies that set the framework for how we manage trading and event activities in our public places in Wellington.

Trading and events can make our city more vibrant, diverse, inviting, and inspiring. Exciting and vibrant public spaces can also increase public safety and inclusivity as more pedestrians engage and take part in trading and event activities. These activities make valuable contributions to local communities, culture, and our economy.

The Council needs to have rules and guidance to manage trade and event activities in public spaces. Sometimes there is competing use of our public places which can increase the risk of preventable accidents, obstructions, hazards, or misuse.

We'd like your views on how we manage activities in our public places.

We have two policies that govern how we manage trading and event activities on our footpaths and public places: The Footpath Management Policy and Trading in Public Places Policy. We are proposing that we integrate both into one Trading and Events in Public Places Policy. The new combined draft policy will be much broader in scope and set out the rules and guidance on how activities on all public spaces are managed.

We have also developed a map which shows the proposed sites we have identified on reserves and Wellington Town Belt land for trading and event activities. When you click on each site you can see the name of the site, what type of land it is, and the activities that are permitted. The submission form asks for feedback on these sites and activities. You can also identify locations where you would like to see trading and event activity.

How to share your views
You can read the full Statement of Proposal here.

If you have any questions, pop them into the "Questions" section below and we'll reply to you within two working days.

Then share your views by either completing:

  • an online survey submission, or
  • download a submission form from the right hand hand of this webpage and:
    • email it to policy.submission@wcc.govt.nz(External link)
    • post it to us to Freepost 2199, Trading and Events in Public Places Policy, PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140.

You are also welcome to make an oral submission which is planned to be held in September 2021.

This consultation is open until 5pm, Monday 16 August 2021.

Our public places are important – we use them to socialise, play, and work. We want them to be lively, vibrant, and safe for everyone to use.

We are reviewing our policies that set the framework for how we manage trading and event activities in our public places in Wellington.

Trading and events can make our city more vibrant, diverse, inviting, and inspiring. Exciting and vibrant public spaces can also increase public safety and inclusivity as more pedestrians engage and take part in trading and event activities. These activities make valuable contributions to local communities, culture, and our economy.

The Council needs to have rules and guidance to manage trade and event activities in public spaces. Sometimes there is competing use of our public places which can increase the risk of preventable accidents, obstructions, hazards, or misuse.

We'd like your views on how we manage activities in our public places.

We have two policies that govern how we manage trading and event activities on our footpaths and public places: The Footpath Management Policy and Trading in Public Places Policy. We are proposing that we integrate both into one Trading and Events in Public Places Policy. The new combined draft policy will be much broader in scope and set out the rules and guidance on how activities on all public spaces are managed.

We have also developed a map which shows the proposed sites we have identified on reserves and Wellington Town Belt land for trading and event activities. When you click on each site you can see the name of the site, what type of land it is, and the activities that are permitted. The submission form asks for feedback on these sites and activities. You can also identify locations where you would like to see trading and event activity.

How to share your views
You can read the full Statement of Proposal here.

If you have any questions, pop them into the "Questions" section below and we'll reply to you within two working days.

Then share your views by either completing:

  • an online survey submission, or
  • download a submission form from the right hand hand of this webpage and:
    • email it to policy.submission@wcc.govt.nz(External link)
    • post it to us to Freepost 2199, Trading and Events in Public Places Policy, PO Box 2199, Wellington 6140.

You are also welcome to make an oral submission which is planned to be held in September 2021.

This consultation is open until 5pm, Monday 16 August 2021.

  • Before you start, read about the proposed changes and the other supporting information in this consultation document.

    All submissions must be received by 5pm Monday 16 August 2021

    You don't have to give feedback on every question and you can include supporting information. You can only submit once. 

    Why we're collecting this information

    Your feedback matters. This policy will regulate how the Council manages trading and event activities in public places. Your views will inform how we manage activities in our public places.

    Privacy statement

    All submissions (including your name) are provided in their entirety to elected members and made available to the public at our office and on our website. 

    Personal information will also be used for the administration of the consultation process including informing you of the outcome of the consultation.

    All information collected will be held by Wellington City Council, 113 The Terrace, Wellington, with submitters having the right to access and correct personal information.

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