Amusement Devices

What is an amusement device?

An amusement device is any mechanically powered unit that is used for rider entertainment.  This includes fairground machinery such as merry-go-rounds, ferris wheels, bumper boats, bumper cars, and mini-bikes.

You will need a permit from Council to operate machinery such as these.

Bouncy castles and inflatable slides and non-powered playground equipment are not Amusement Devices so you would not require a permit.

Amusement devices must have a Certificate of Registration issued by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  When you apply for a Certificate of Registration, the Department of Labour inspects the machinery to ensure it is safe to use.

Where do I apply for a permit to operate?

You can apply to Council for a permit to operate an amusement device.

Download a permit application to operate an amusement device in the Ashburton District

When you submit your application, you will need to provide the certificate of registration of the device and fee.

Learn more about our fees and charges

Learn more about the Amusement Device Regulations 1978

For more information or to speak to Council's Environmental Health Officer, call Council on (03) 307 7700.