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Apply for a fitness classes licence

Apply for a commercial fitness class licence and promote active and healthy lifestyles in our public spaces.

Commercial fitness groups are those that involve participants paying trainers for exercise classes on public land.

Examples of fitness groups include:

  • gym sessions
  • circuit training
  • boot camps
  • boxing and pad training.

Group trainers need a fitness class licence to hold their sessions on public land. Running, cycling, and walking groups that are not commercial in nature don't need a licence. The licences and conditions ensure our public spaces are well-managed with no damage to the environment or facilities.

What you need to get a licence

To get your fitness class licence you will need:

  • a health and safety plan
  • a waste minimisation and a waste management plan
  • public liability insurance, minimum $2 million
  • a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) from the Companies Office, if appropriate.

Times and restrictions


Use of equipment

Use of public areas

Terms and conditions

Please ensure your groups are considerate, friendly and mindful of property and the environment while training in public spaces. Instructors and groups must follow licence terms and conditions at all times.

Terms and conditions of fitness group licences

Training locations

You can hold your training groups at our sports grounds, parks and reserves.

Please note that as parks and reserves are places where people go to enjoy the outdoors, and where events take place, there may be times when you may need to change where you train.


Many of our parks and sportsgrounds require permissions.

Use of the Wellington Town Belt

Use of the waterfront

Use of sportsgrounds

Use of parks and reserves


There are no application fees for fitness class licences.

There may be a booking fee depending on the location and facilities at the location. Some venues may also require a bond to cover possible damages or wear and tear.

Apply for a licence

Use our online portal to apply for your street performance and busking licence.

Apply online

Contact us

For use of the waterfront contact Waterfront Operations.


Phone: 04 499 4444

For use of our parks and reserves contact our Parks, Sport and Recreation Team.


Phone: 04 499 4444