Amusement Devices

All mechanical amusement devices at events (such as ferris wheels, roller coasters, dodgem cars and bumper cars) must have a Certificate of Registration issued by Worksafe New Zealand.

Before an amusement device is operated, the owner must apply to Horowhenua District Council for a permit to operate (an Amusement Device Permit). A copy of the certificate of registration issued by Worksafe New Zealand must accompany the application, unless we already hold one on file for the device.

General conditions for amusement device applications

The general conditions for amusement device applications are:

  • Applications must be accompanied by a current Certificate of Registration and the application fee. Faxed applications will not usually be accepted.
  • Applications must be received at least five (5) working days in advance of the event.
  • Fees for permit applications are non-refundable.
  • Applications are not transferable to other dates outside those on the original application.
  • Rides should not commence before the permit has been issued.
  • No application fees will be accepted onsite on the day of the event, ie if you have not applied before the event then you do not operate.

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Land borne inflatable devices at events

It is important that land borne inflatable devices (eg bouncy castles or inflatable slides) meet the Australian Standard (the accepted safety standard as per Worksafe NZ guidelines).  Only those providers who can demonstrate to Horowhenua District Council that their devices meet the Australian Standard are able to operate at events on public open space. If you are planning to have a land borne inflatable device at your event, please contact the Events team who will be able to offer advice and guidance.

Providers who are unable to demonstrate that their devices meet the Australian Standard are not permitted to operate on public open space.

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