Commercial Operators Licence

Applications are now closed for 2020/2022. If you are interested in operating a commercial business from one of our parks or reserves please contact us on 07 868 0200 or

Photo: Georgia's Goods operating from Hunt Rd Reserve, Whangamata.

2 July 2021: 

Expressions of Interest for commercial activity on a Council reserve – Mercury Bay Ward only

We’re currently accepting expressions of interest from businesses or individuals who would like to obtain a licence to operate a commercial activity on or over a Council reserve in the Mercury Bay Ward.

Expressions of interest will close at 4pm Monday 22 July. Late applications will not be accepted.

The licence to operate will run from the date of a successful application to 30 June 2022.

During this period current commercial operators can continue to operate under the conditions of their licence, and do not need to reapply.

The Expression of Interest Application form can be downloaded here, on the top right-hand side of the page. Please ensure applications are completed correctly and all required information is supplied.

The Expression of Interest and Application Form with all supporting information can be mailed to:

Expressions of Interest – Mobile Commercial Activity on a Council Reserve

Thames-Coromandel District Council 

Private Bag


or alternatively, email to:

Any queries please call Customer Services on 07 868 0200.

Businesses with concessions usually operate from mobile premises such as a coffee cart or a trailer-based bike or surfboard-hire shop.

The area occupied by the business is restricted to the immediate area of the activity and shall not unduly encroach onto the general public's use of the beach or reserve or obstruct beach and reserve users. 

Please note that licences for commercial operations take time to process, so to make sure you don’t miss out on getting your application looked at  contact us early, as there are limited spaces.

We have an application form which you can fill out online on the top right-hand side of this page.

“The more details you can give us around what you want to do, for how long and on what site, help us with processing,” says Derek Thompson our council’s Community Facilities Manager. “Consider what other similar activities may be going on around where you want to set up, and if there is already business within proximity of your preferred location”.

Once an application has been received and approved for submission it is presented to the local community board for endorsement, before getting official sign-off by our Council.