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Commercial activities on Council-managed land

If you operate a business in a public space including on a beach, in a park or on a reserve, then you need to have a valid a licence to operate your business in these areas.

Council manages the commercial use of our public spaces to ensure these spaces can be used safely, enjoyed by all and adequately maintained.

There are many commercial activities conducted on Council-managed land in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area. We recognise that this activity contributes to a great and vibrant public space and provides value to both locals and visitors. These activities include:

  • water based activities (surf schools, stand up paddle, kayaks etc),
  • personal or group training, boot camps, and
  • any other commercial activity using beaches, parks and reserves.

 Apply for a Commercial activities on Council-managed land temporary licence

All businesses who use Council-managed land, including (but not limited to) beach or water operators, personal or group trainers, boot camps, fitness and semi-permanent food vendors will need to apply for a temporary licence.

You can apply for a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month licence.

All applications will be assessed by the Commercial Activities on Council-managed Land Review Panel against the criteria set out in the Commercial Activities on Council-managed Land Policy. Council may consult any stakeholder or impacted party as part of the assessment process. If a DA is required, you will be advised accordingly.

You will need to ensure you have the following before applying for a temporary licence:

Application Costs

The following fees apply (see 2018/19 adopted fees and charges):

Application Fee per annum $ 145.00
Temporary Licence per annum (up to 2 nominated locations) $ 470.00
Temporary Licence per annum (per additional location) * $ 100.00
Temporary Licence per annum (per additional location) ** $ 50.00
Licence Renewal Application Fee $ 70.00

*Applies if the applicant does not pay a business rate directly related to the Temporary Licence activity.

**Applies if the applicant pays a business rate directly related to the Temporary Licence activity.

Interest-free monthly payment option available.

Please note a business cannot sell or transfer their temporary licence. Any new business or business owner must apply for a temporary licence.

Commercial activities on Council-managed land Policy

A Commercial Activities on Council-managed Land Policy has been developed to facilitate commercial activity while ensuring all commercial users of Council-managed land are appropriately licensed and insured. It aims to give the community certainty that commercial entities are correctly insured and licenced to operate in nominated locations.

This Policy generally replaces the need for a Development Approval (DA) with a Temporary Licence - making it far easier for commercial activities to occur on a conditional basis. Activities likely to have a high impact or involve high levels of risk may still require a DA. 

Policy Benefits

Businesses can expect a number of benefits from the new Commercial Activities on Council-managed Land Policy:

  • Legally approved and entitled to operate in the nominated location/s.
  • Cooperative marketing initiatives including promotion as a licensed operator on Council’s website and social media platforms.
  • FREE approved operator sign - that way people will know that a business is a Temporary Licence holder and approved to operate in that location).
  • Temporary Licence Certificate.
  • Well maintained public spaces where commercial activities take place.

The public can expect a number of benefits from the new Policy:

  • Properly insured and accredited commercial operators who are easily identifiable.
  • Monitoring of commercial activities.
  • Continued access to public areas.
  • Well maintained public spaces where commercial activities take place.

This page was last updated on: 19 November 2018