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Tauranga City Plan

4F.2  Permitted Activity Rules

Updated 2 December 2017


Note: Where an activity does not comply with a Permitted Activity Rule it shall be considered a Restricted Discretionary Activity unless stated otherwise.

Note: Where a temporary activity has direct access to a State Highway the New Zealand Transport Agency should be notified of that activity to determine any particular requirements that may be necessary for that activity.


4F.2.1 Temporary Activities – General (excluding City Centre Waterfront Sub Zone A & B and Mount Maunganui New Year’s Eve Celebrations)

All temporary activities shall:

  1. Comply with the exterior lighting rules applicable to the zone in which it is to be located;
  2. Comply with the hazardous substances rules and thresholds applicable to the zone in which it is to be located;
  3. Comply with Rule 4B.2.7 – Site Access and Vehicle Crossings;
  4. Where the activity will last for three consecutive days or more, submit a Traffic Management Plan to the Council before starting the activity. The plan shall include:
    1. All site entry and access points;
    2. On-site parking layout;
    3. Pedestrian routes and traffic control measures that address any safety issues;
    4. Any methods (such as alternative modes of transport) to reduce travel demand;
  5. Comply with the noise disturbance rules applying to the zone in which it is to be located with the exception that any amplified sound system associated with any public event, gala, meeting, etc. (excluding private domestic parties):
    1. Shall not, in the case of sound amplification systems where the principal purpose is entertainment, be used earlier than 1000 hours and shall finish no later than 2230 hours Sunday to Thursday inclusive or 2300 hours Fridays and Saturdays, provided that sound testing of all sound systems including vocal checks by performers shall not cumulatively exceed 2 hours and shall not begin before 0900 hours on any day and shall be completed by 1900 hours on the day of the activity;
    2. The noise level arising from the activity measured within the boundary of any residentially zoned property shall not exceed 70 dBA Leq and 75 dBA Lmax;
    3. No more than 10 events using sound amplification systems, where the principal purpose of the event is entertainment through amplified sound, shall take place at any one location in any 12- month calendar year;
    4. Sound amplification systems, where the principal purpose of the event is entertainment through amplified sound, shall not be used for more than 1 day with a cumulative duration of not more than 12 hours for any one event;
    5. Noise levels shall be measured and assessed in accordance with the requirements of NZS 6801:2008 Acoustics - Measurement of Environmental Sound and NZS 6802:2008 Acoustics – Environmental Noise;
  6. Use of a caravan or other mobile form of accommodation for the purpose of providing accommodation for residential purposes on the same site shall not exceed more than 3 months of any calendar year;
  7. Temporary activities (excluding activities listed in Rule 4F.2.1 (f) Temporary Activities – General (excluding City Centre Waterfront Sub Zone A & B and Mount Maunganui New Year’s Eve Celebrations) shall not remain on the subject site for longer than a period of 14 consecutive days in any calendar year;
  8. Temporary buildings associated with the temporary activity shall not:
    1. Exceed 50m2 in floor area; and/or
    2. Remain on the site for longer than the duration of the activity or no longer than 30 consecutive days after the Code of Compliance Certificate for the subject building or construction works has been issued, where such a certificate is required by statute; or
    3. Remain in place for longer than 14 days where associated with a temporary activity located in the coastline under Rule 4F.2.1 (f) Temporary Activities – General (excluding City Centre Waterfront Sub Zone A & B and Mount Maunganui New Year’s Eve Celebrations);
  9.  Rule 8C.3 – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not apply to a temporary activity providing the following conditions are met:
    1. The temporary structure shall be capable of being transported to the event by conventional truck transportation and shall be fixed to the land in a way that ensures its stability and public safety;
    2. The temporary activity and associated structures are not likely to accelerate, worsen or result in material damage to that land, other land or any structure through inundation;
    3. The temporary activity and associated structures shall not in any way impede any flow of flood, inundation waters or overland flowpaths;
    4. Any temporary activities and associated structures that require a building consent must show how the structure is being protected from the effects of inundation and display that placement of the structure on the land will not have an off-site effect greater than the existing situation;
  10. On completion of the temporary activity all associated structures shall be removed and the site reinstated to the form and condition before the event;
  11. Be exempt from the provisions of Chapter 5 – Natural Environment, Chapter 6 – Natural Features and Landscapes and Chapter 8 – Natural Hazards where they are located:
    1. On the Mount Main Beach from Mauao to Moturiki Island, subject to the requirements of Rule 4F.2.3 (d) – Temporary Activities – Mount Maunganui New Year’s Eve Celebrations;
    2. Within 200 metres of the Omanu Surf Life Saving Club building;
    3. Within 100 metres of the Tay Street public toilet block;
    4.  Within 200 metres of the Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club building;
  12. Where the temporary activity is located in the Coastal Hazard Erosion Plan Area ensure that:
    1. Associated structures sit on the land and not be fixed to the land by means that require excavation or construction of foundations to support the structure;
    2. Associated structures shall be capable of being transported to the event by conventional truck transportation and be constructed of materials which will not damage the coastal environment. The structure may, for the duration of the event, be fixed to the land by way of guy ropes or similar.

Note: Non-compliance with Rule 4F.2.1 l) –Temporary Activities – General (excluding City Centre Waterfront Sub Zone A & B and Mount Maunganui New Year’s Eve Celebrations) will result in the temporary activity being considered a Non-Complying Activity.


4F.2.2 Temporary Activities within the City Centre Waterfront Sub-Zone A and B and Lots 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 DPS 41228 (Masonic Park)

  1. For temporary activities of 3 consecutive days or more in duration or for temporary activities of any duration likely to attract an audience of more than 5000 people a day, a Traffic Management Plan shall be supplied to the Council prior to the commencement of the activity. The Traffic Management Plan shall include (without limitation) all site entry and access points, parking layout, staging areas (if any), spectator areas, pedestrian routes and traffic control measures that address any safety issues. The Traffic Management Plan must be prepared in consultation with, and agreed to by, Council prior to commencement of the activity;
  2. Noise received at or beyond the boundary of the City Centre Waterfront Sub-Zones and at any adjacent City Living Zone shall not exceed 70 dBA Leq and 75 dBA Lmax between 2200 and 0800 hours from sound amplification systems where the principal purpose is entertainment through amplified sound;
  3. Noise received at the boundary of private properties within the City Centre Waterfront Sub-Zone shall not exceed 80 dBA Leq and 85 dBA Lmax;
  4. The number of events using sound amplification systems, where the principal purpose of the event is entertainment through amplified sound, is not limited;
  5. Individual carnivals, fairs, galas, public meetings, filming, concerts, sporting and other special events and associated temporary buildings, structures and temporary cell sites for mobile telephone use, shall remain on the subject site for no longer than a period of 60 calendar days. For the avoidance of doubt, the Council may fix a lesser duration than 60 calendar days for particular applications, with this process managed through its Events Planning Team;
  6.  Rule 8C.3 – Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules shall not apply to any temporary activity within the City Centre Waterfront Sub-Zone providing the following conditions are met:
    1. The temporary structure shall be capable of being transported to the event by conventional truck transportation and shall be fixed to the land in a way that ensures its stability and public safety;
    2. The temporary activity and associated structures are not likely to accelerate, worsen or result in material damage to that land, other land or any structure through inundation;
    3. The temporary activity and associated structures shall not in any way impede any flow of flood, inundation waters or overland flowpaths;
    4. Any temporary activities and associated structures that require a building consent must show how the structure is being protected from the effects of inundation and display that placement of the structure on the land will not have an off-site effect greater than the existing situation;
    5. On completion of the temporary activity all associated structures shall be removed and the site reinstated to the form and condition existing before the event.

4F.2.3 Temporary Activities – Mount Maunganui New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Temporary activities that occur within the Mount Maunganui Main Beach area for the purpose of New Year’s Eve celebrations shall comply with the following:

  1. Concerts (including associated structures) shall only occur within the defined events areas as shown in Appendix 4O – Events Area from 1930hrs on 31st December to 0300hrs on 1 January each year providing that:
    1. No more than five live music concerts are provided;
    2. Amplified music for entertainment shall commence no earlier than 2000hrs on December 31st;
    3. Sound amplification systems both together and individually shall not be used over a period of more than one day with a cumulative duration of not more than 12 hours within that period;
    4. All stages shall be orientated so that the speakers are facing out to sea, with the centre line of the speakers no more than 5 degrees from right angles to the centre line of Marine Parade;
    5. Live music concert sound checks shall be between 1200hrs and 1700hrs on 31st December;
    6. The maximum noise level, at a distance of 35 metres from the front of any stage, shall be limited to a maximum of 95 dBA Leq or such lower maximum as the prior sound tests show as being necessary to achieve the noise contours shown in Appendix 4P – Noise Contours;
    7. Live music concerts shall finish by 0100hrs and any other events by 0200hrs;
    8. Stages and associated structures shall be in the process of being dismantled by1200 hrs on 1st January each year;
  2. Temporary activities located on Mt Drury (Hopukiore) for purpose of the supply and consumption of liquor shall only operate between the Boxing Day and the first Sunday following the end of the Christmas/New Year statutory holiday period providing that:
    1. Any defined liquor area associated with the activity shall be limited to between 1200hrs to 2030hrs, except for New Years Eve each year when the hours of operation shall extend to 0030hrs;
  3. Fireworks displays shall only be launched from Moturiki Island from within the flat area where Marineland was previously sited;
  4. All temporary structures associated with the events shall be located “on top of land” and not fixed to land by means that require excavation of the land or construction of foundations to support the structure.

4F.2.4 Temporary Commercial Uses

Temporary commercial uses located within Open Space Zones shall be permitted where they have otherwise been approved by the Council under its policy for commercial activities on reserve land and shall:

  1. Comply with noise requirements under Rule 4E.2.10 – Open Space Zones;
  2. Comply with lighting requirements under Rule 4G.2.2 – Commercial, Industrial and Open Space Zones;
  3. Be exempt from Rule 8C.3 – Restricted Discretionary Rules providing the following conditions are met: 
    1. The temporary structure shall be fixed to the land in a way that ensures its stability and public safety;
    2. The activity and associated structures are not likely to accelerate, worsen or result in material damage to that land, other land or any structure through inundation;
    3. The activity and associated structures shall not in any way impede any flow of flood, inundation waters or overland flowpaths;
    4. Any activity and associated structures that require a building consent must show how the structure is being protected from the effects of inundation and display that placement of the structure on the land will not have an off-site effect greater than the existing situation;
  4. Where the activity is located within the Coastal Hazard Erosion Plan Area ensure that:
    1. Associated structures sit on the land and not be fixed to the land by any means that require excavation or construction of foundations to support the structure;
    2. Associated structures shall be constructed of materials which will not damage the coastal environment. The structure may, for the duration of the event, be fixed to the land by way of guy ropes or similar;
  5. Comply with Rule 9A.3 – Permitted Activity Rules: Hazardous Substances.

4F.2.5 Military Training Activities

Any military training activity shall be a Permitted Activity subject to the following conditions:

  1. The written consent of the land owner has been obtained;
  2. The activity shall comply with earthwork provisions in Chapter 4C - Purpose of Earthworks Provisions;
  3. The activity is limited to a period not exceeding a total of 31 days in any calendar year;
  4. The activity shall be conducted to ensure that noise from the site shall not exceed the following limits:
    1. For Residential Zones and Commercial Zones the noise limits specified for the relevant zone;
    2. For Industrial Zones, Rural Zones, Open Space Zones, and the Conservation Zone: the noise limits specified in the following table, as measured at or within the notional boundary of any dwelling:

      Control Hours

      Noise Limit

      0630 - 0730

      60 dBA Leq and 70 dBA Lmax

      0730 - 1800

      75 dBA Leq and 90 dBA Lmax

      1800 - 2000

      70 dBA Leq and 85 dBA Lmax

      2000 - 0630

      55 dBA Leq


Note: A temporary military training activity that does not comply with a Permitted Activity Rule under Rule rmitted Activity Rule under Rule 4F.2.5 - Military Training Activities shall be considered a Controlled Activity.


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