Hawking is trading from a vehicle and only stopping long enough to sell to a customer (for example, an ice-cream van).
You do not need to have a trading licence to hawk goods. However, to hawk food, you need to apply for a Certificate of Registration - use the Selling Food application form above.
Hawking is only allowed in the suburbs outside the central business district.
You can sell Christmas trees in public places outside the central business district.
You need to follow some commonsense conditions around public safety, access and considering others. If you don't meet these conditions, you may be asked to leave.
Conditions for selling Christmas trees (44KB PDF)
You may be able to get a trading licence to use a specific public site within the central business district, but first you would need to send us a proposal, including details of where, when, and size of the proposed temporary stall.
If you want to run a not-for-profit charity stall on a public footpath, then you need to get approval from the Street Activities Coordinator. Charity stalls are typically only approved in:
- Cuba Mall
- Wellington suburbs.
Apply for a trading licence
If you want to propose a new trading activity in a public place, contact the Street Activities Coordinator to discuss your proposal.
Next, complete the Trading Licence application form and return it to the Council, together with your payment and any supporting documents. Fees are listed on the form.
Trading licence application form (72KB PDF)
To see an example of the licence and view the conditions, see:
Draft trading licence and conditions (72KB PDF)
Application Processing Officer, Infrastructure
Wellington City Council
PO Box 2199