Commercial Operators Consultation

This consultation closed on Sunday 10 April 2022.

This consultation closed on Sunday 10 April 2022.

We want to provide simpler, more consistent rules for mobile businesses operating on Council reserves .  

What do we want to do? 

  • Make it easier for commercial operators to apply for licences to operate mobile businesses on our Council reserves 
  • Reduce the cost to ratepayers by decreasing administration time and cost to assess these applications.  
  • Provide more certainty to operators of mobile businesses by providing long-term contracts and limited, pre-defined spaces available for use.  

How do we do it? 

We want to introduce the Temporary Commercial Activities on Reserves and other Council Managed Land Policy, which outlines a new weighted-tender model for applications.  

Implementing this policy would achieve the following: 

  • Reduce administration time and costs by standardising applications using set criteria to allow a tender panel to assess each application quickly and easily 
  • Create a consistent approach to issuing licences for temporary commercial activities, while still enabling for a range of activities on our parks and reserves 
  • Provide business certainty to commercial operators by offering long-term licences for up to 10 years 
  • Accommodate temporary commercial activities that encourage wider use of our parks and reserves and other land we manage. This may help increase the number of people accessing and using our public land, adding to the enjoyment and visitor experience 
  • Create a fair and level playing field for a range of temporary commercial operators to run their business on or over our administered reserves or land, while maintaining a high level of professionalism. 

How would the weighted-tender process work? 


This model of application and assessment will cut down the time and resources needed to assess each application. It also creates more transparency between our Council and applicants in the decision-making process.     

What happens next? 

Hearings for those who wish to speak to our Council in support of their submission are currently scheduled to be held in Thames on 2 May 2022; however, this may be subject to change due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

If you submitted, you’ll be notified of the decision. 

If no changes are needed, the Policy will be adopted by our Council on 28 June 2022, and it will be implemented from 1 July 2022.