Permits & licences

We're pretty easy going here in Porirua City but there are a few things you'll need licences and permits for.

Encroachment Licence application

You’ll need an Encroachment License if you want to install a structure on, over, or under public land.

Alcohol licensing

Information about alcohol licensing in Porirua City, how to apply for a licence and guidance on how to sell alcohol safely in our community.

Amusement devices

Merry-go rounds, jet skis, parasails, and mini bikes are great fun but you'll need a permit to operate one, whether it’s on public or private property.

Apply for a temporary road closure

If you are organising an event that requires a road to be closed temporarily, you will need to apply for a permit and a corridor access request first.

Busking & street entertainment

Porirua City has talent! Buskers we want to see and hear your skills, but first get in touch for a permit.

Boatsheds & pole moorings

Porirua City has some iconic boat sheds across Titahi Bay, Camborne, Paremata, and Onepoto. Here we detail the rates and licenses that apply to each area.


Drones are becoming more popular, but make sure you obtain a permit when flying over Council land.

Displaying Goods For Sale

There are rules around how you can display goods for sale in a public place

Food safety

Food stalls and food businesses need to be registered and have a license to sell food. This includes making food at home and selling it online. Find out what you need to do to keep your customers safe.

Hazardous substance businesses

If you're setting up or buying a business that deals with hazardous substances please talk to us about resource consents and licensing first.

Lighting an outdoor fire

If you want to light an outdoor fire, check if you need a fire permit.

Outdoor Dining

You'll need a permit if you want a space for people to eat outside your premises

Overweight vehicles

If you're driving an overweight or oversized vehicles, please watch out for our roads and bridges. Some are off limits.

Registering your business

Hairdressers, funeral homes and campgrounds require registration. If you are planning to start or buy a new business please apply for your certificate.

Street appeals

If you wish to do a street appeal in Porirua City, you need to apply to us for a permit.

Trade waste consents

If your business drains oil, grease or other liquid waste into the sewer, you may need to apply for a trade waste consent.