Amusement Devices & Marquees

Building Overview

What is an Amusement Device

These are generally pleasure rides that are available to the public. They include things like merry-go-rounds and ferris wheels.

Amusement Devices come under the control of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Labour) and need to be registered by obtaining a Permit to Operate an Amusement Device (Amusement Devices Regulations 1978).

Bouncy castles, inflatable slides and non-powered playground equipment are not Amusement Devices and do not require a permit.

Permit to Operate

Before a registered device is operated, you must apply to the appropriate local authority for a permit.

The applicant must provide:

  • Completed application form (including dates)
  • Certificates of Registration of an Amusement Device
  • Date and time of inspection required
  • Payment - quote fee code 02020.011.0155

The Building Officer will inspect and then issue a Permit to Operate an Amusement Device.

Amusement Device Fees

For 2020/2021
One device, for the first seven days of proposed operation or part thereof$11.50
Each additional device operated by the same owner, for the first seven days or part thereof$2.30
Each device, for each further period of seven days or part thereof$1.15

Amusement device fees are set by legislation.


A building consent is required for any marquee exceeding 100m2. The use of the marquee can be for the purpose of either a public or private event.

The approval for a Marquee consent is only valid for a period not exceeding one month. An application for a Marquee shall be submitted through the Simpli portal using the Building Consent Form 2 application.

Important: If the marquee is to be used for more than one month then it is considered a "building" and you should talk to the Building Advisory Office to discuss your options.

Further information can be found at the MBIE website