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.

How to apply for a permit

To apply for a permit, you need to fill in our hard copy permit application form and bring it to our Customer Services Centre at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua and pay the required fee.

Or you can complete our online application form below.

Your permit will take 10 working days to process.

You will also need a certificate of registration from Worksafe on phone 0800 030 040.

Fees apply from 1 July 2018 and include GST.

Description Fee
One amusement device, operated for up to seven days $11.50
For each additional device for the first seven days or part therof $2.30
For each device per each further period of seven days or part thereof $1.15

What is an amusement device?

An amusement device is any mechanically powered unit that takes riders, such as:

  • merry-go-rounds
  • ferris wheels
  • roller coasters
  • bumper cars and boats
  • indoor go-karts
  • three- and four-wheeled mini-bikes
  • parasails
  • jet skis
  • bungy jumping operations. 

Bouncy castles, inflatable slides and non-powered equipment are not considered amusement devices.


This means we will check that:

  • the ground can support the device without risk of subsiding
  • there is enough clearance to prevent people from being injured when the device is operated
  • passenger loading platforms and other places for accessing the device can be kept clear of debris and obstructions and not get slippery
  • suitable fire extinguishers are provided 
  • electrical safety can be maintained
  • protective fences or barriers are erected if needed
  • operators are aged at least 18 years and trained and competent to operate the device safely.
  • the operation complies with our General Bylaw 1991

Apply online

Before issuing a permit to operate, a Monitoring & Compliance Officer will check both the site and device to make sure it meets the requirements of the Amusement Devices Regulations 1978 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

You can fill in the online form below and email separately each device's certificate of registration and conditions of operation to records.management@poriruacity.govt.nz to accompany your application.  Please use the unique ID reference received in your confirmation email.  We'll contact you about payment.

Please describe each device, its registration number and expiry date
Place where the device will be operated
List the dates of operation
if other than owner
By submitting this application, I confirm that I am authorised to make this application as the operator or a person with legal authority to act on behalf of the operator, and the information supplied is truthful and accurate to the best of my knowledge.