If you would like to trade in a public place you are required to apply to council for a mobile shop licence, unless you only intend to trade as part of an organised market or event.
Mobile shops are vehicles from which goods, not services, are offered for sale. Mobile shops selling food and beverages must also have a registered food control plan or national programme. Council will monitor activities in public places regularly to ensure compliance of licence conditions.
New mobile shops selling food
New mobile shops (established after 1 March 2016) need to register a food control plan or national programme under the new Food Act 2014. Food control plans allow the business to use a domestic kitchen to cook and prepare food.
Ministry for Primary Industries website, Food Safety Rules
Mobile shop trading areas
Mobile shops can trade at a number of locations across the city under different restrictions. Refer to the mobile shops policy below.
The rules for operating on Marine Parade vary depending on the time of year and the location along the road. Each year council invites mobile shops to tender for a license to trade on Marine Parade, between Grace Avenue and Pacific Avenue, over the summer period. There is a limited number of these licenses.
No trading is allowed at any time on Marine Parade between Adams Avenue and Grace Avenue, or between Pacific Avenue and Banks Avenue.
Mobile vendors wishing to use power can apply to council on a first come, first serve basis.
Mobile Shop Trading Areas in Mount Maunganui (360kb pdf) Operation of Mobile Shops Policy (38kb pdf)