It is the Locals Authorities responsibility to register Amusement Devices that operate in the district and inspect operation

An amusement device is any mechanically powered unit that is used for rider entertainment. This is traditionally, fairground machinery eg merry-go-rounds, ferris wheels, roller coasters etc.

However, today there are a number of devices that fall within the “amusement device” definition such as bumper boats, bumper cars, indoor go-karts operations and mini bikes.

Amusement devices must have a permit to operate from Council and a current Certificate of Registration issued by WorkSafe.

Amusement devices are regulated under the Amusement Device Regulations 1978.

This requires that all devices have a valid Certificate of Registration and that whenever they are operated they have a local authority permit Regulation 11.

Fees for permitsFerris Wheel

All associated fees are detailed on the application form. [PDF, 113 KB]

  • Fees must be paid when the application form is submitted. They cannot be paid on-site on the day
  • Fees for permit applications are non-refundable
  • Applications are not transferable to other dates outside those on the original application.

Please note the following to help us process your application:

  • Applications must be accompanied by a current Certificate of Registration and the application fee
  • Applications should be submitted at least three days before the event
  • Applications should state exactly where the intended amusement device site will be and include an “inspect-by” time and a contact telephone number
  • Applications and fees are to be paid to Food and Health Standards Limited.