Amusement Device


​​What is an Amusement Device?

These are generally mechanically powered rides available to the public for the purpose of having fun. Traditionally these included merry go rounds, ferris wheels and roller coasters.

Today, there is a wider variety of amusement devices such as bumper cars, bumper boats and indoor kart operations. Wider definitions can include jet skis, jet boats, mini bikes, as well as parasailing and bungy jumping activities (as these often require a powered platform).

What isn't an Amusement Device?

Bouncy castles, inflatable slides etc., referred to as Land-borne inflatable devices (LBI’s), are not currently defined as an Amusement Device in regulations and therefore are not required to be registered.  However by design and intent of their use they provide amusement for members of the public.

For details regarding the duties required by owners of LBI’s, responsibilities of event organisers and responsibilities of owner/operators, see the Worksafe website

Certificate of Registration

Amusement Devices are regulated by the Department of Labour and need to be registered with WorkSa​fe.​

To register your device, or if you're unsure if your device requires registration, contact WorkSafe on 04 897 7699 or email    

Applying for a permit to operate in the district

Amusement Devices as above require a permit from Council to operate in the District. You'll need to provide a current Certificate of Registration and Conditions of Operation from Worksafe NZ for each device, and the fee, with the application.​

Please complete the Application Form (PDF, 86.6KB). Scan and email forms to the

Otherwise, lodge your application at Council's main office or at any of the Library and Services Centres at least ten (10) working days before your event.  For further information contact Council on 07 571 8008 or 0800 926 732.

Issuing of permits​

A permit to operate the Amusement Device will be issued once the location has been inspected by a Council Officer.  Devices cannot be operated before a permit is issued.

Applications and fees must be received by Council at least ten (10) working days prior to your event. On receipt of the application, Council will contact the applicant to arrange a suitable time and day to inspect the device/s. Once the location has been inspected, and it passes, a permit will be issued.

Fees for permits

For one device: For the first seven days, or part thereof$11.50
For each additional device operated by the same owner: For the first seven days or part thereof$2.00
For each device: For each further period of seven days or part thereof$1.20

​Please note:

  • Fees are fixed and include GST under the Amusement Device Regulations 1978 (Clause 4)
  • Fees must be paid when the application is submitted.
  • Fees for permit applications are non-refundable.
  • Applications are not transferable to other dates outside those on the original application.

Payment methods

  • Accepted methods of payment: cash, Eftpos, credit card (can be made at any of Council's Service Centres), or internet banking. ​​

Internet banking details

ANZ: 01 0434 01806 00 00

1st reference: Surname
2nd reference: Permit
3rd reference: AMUSE

Please confirm your payment by emailing

Please note: Payments made using a credit card incur a surcharge of 1.22%.

Page reviewed: 24 May 2018 4:17pm