25.3.2 Objectives and Policies: Events and Temporary Activities

​​​​​Objective Policies​
Temporary acti​vities and events are managed in a way that contributes to economic, social and cultural wellbeing and to creating a vibrant City, while adverse effects on the environment are minimised.​ ​
The positive effects of events and temporary activities shall be recognised and encouraged.​
Events and temporary activities shall be managed to minimise adverse effects including noise, light spill, glare, dust, odour, litter, effects on public health and safety, and the safe and efficient functioning of transport networks.​


Events bring in thousands of visitors and significant economic, social and cultural benefits to the City and its surrounds.

​Objective Policies​
Temporary activities and events are located appropriately.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Events and temporary activities shall be located where adverse effects can be adequately managed, with particular consideration given to:​
i.​ Expected attendance numbers, the facilities provided at the site, including for entry and exit, crowd control, and health and safety.​​​
ii.​ The timing, duration, scale and intensity of the adverse effects, including noise, dust, odour, lighting, glare, and waste.​
iii. The safety and efficiency of transport networks.​
iv.​ The frequency of events and temporary activities at any one location and associated cumulative effects.​
v.​ Any alternative venues available and suitable for all or part of the event, with preference given to permanent venues over temporary venues.​
Temporary structures and buildings shall be sited to minimise adverse effects on surrounding property and activities.​


The adverse effects of events and temporary activities are usually mitigated by their infrequent nature, short duration, limited scale and their social, cultural and economic benefits. However, it is important to manage events and temporary activities that generate significant adverse environmental effects. For this reason some events and temporary activities will require resource consent when they exceed a certain scale or threshold of effects, which are defined by standards.

Page reviewed: 18 Mar 2016 2:36pm