Greater Wellington Regional Council has a new concessions management system. You can now apply for a concession on-line. See below for the type of authorisation your event or activity requires before you submit your application.
There are two types of concessions authorisations:
1) Streamlined concessions
These apply to non-commercial events or activities involving 30 - 150 participants, and are processed by the relevant Park Ranger. An activity or event granted a streamlined concession would involve:
NOTE: There are no fees charged for non-commercial activities or events with fewer than 150 participants eg club orienteering or harrier events. Charges may apply for other non-commercial activities or events.
2) Full concessions
A full concession is required for an activity or event that is commercial in nature or non-commercial but involves more than 150 participants. Applications for full concessions are processed by the Regional Council's Wellington office. In addition to completing an application form you will also need to supply a Health and Safety Plan and pay an application fee.
Park usage fees are payable for events or activities requiring a full concession (fees for commercial activities). This includes filming in the parks (fees for filming).
The decision making process for a full concession varies according to the type of activity. Activities are generally categorised as:
A major concession is required by high-impact activities that may involve the building of structures, regular use or occupation of land, or impacts of regional significance. Examples of major concessions include golf courses and some major sporting events. They require approval by Greater Wellington Regional Council or one of its committees. If a proposed activity is not specifically allowed for in the park's management plan the public will be notified. Where an activity is already provided for in the park's management plan, then public notification will be at the Regional Council's discretion. A major concession may also need a resource consent. Obtaining a resource consent is a separate procedure, and is not part of the concession application. A major concession is likely to have a term of over 5 years.
A minor concession is required for low-impact, small-scale or occasional operations such as some guiding services or tours. They require authorisation by a delegated officer of Greater Wellington Regional Council and are likely to be authorised as a licence or permit with a term of up to 5 years.
A temporary concession applies to low-impact, single events within a six-month period, such as filming. They require authorisation by a delegated Regional Council officer.