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.