A hawker is someone who travels about carrying goods for sale unsolicited to the public, but does not display them on a table or stall, such as a pedlar. A permit is required for hawking in public places, and it is not permitted in some areas of our city.

Hawking does not include stallholders or people with mobile or travelling shops.

Hawkers in public places

The Christchurch City Council regulates commercial activities in public places under the Public Places Bylaw 2008.

Hawkers are not permitted within:

  • The central city area bounded by and including Moorhouse Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue, Bealey Avenue, Park Terrace, Rolleston Avenue and Antigua Street (to Moorhouse Ave)
  • The Akaroa Business District being Rue Lavaud, Beach Road from Rue Benoit to the Akaroa Lighthouse, and Church Street.

Hawkers permit

A permit is required for hawking in any public place outside the not-permitted areas. Applications are considered on an individual basis.

Download and complete a hawker's permit application form [PDF 1.3MB]

The fee for this permit is $37 (including GST). 

Please note, applications will be actioned within 10 working days provided all required information has been submitted. If the form is incomplete there may be a delay in processing.

In considering an application to hawk, the Council will take into account:

  • the nature of the merchandise involved
  • the quality of the merchandise
  • the environment the applicant requests to operate in, including the width of the footpath and the volume of pedestrian movement
  • access requirements for wheelchairs and pushchairs; and the impact on local existing businesses.

The conditions for hawkers and the areas where this activity is permitted will be set out in an approval letter after the applications has been considered.

If a hawker is selling food, a health licence may also be needed.

This document outlines the general Conditions for Hawkers [PDF, 30 KB] permit.


Complaints relating to hawkers operating in public places should be referred to:

Hawkers on private property

Hawkers who go door to door to sell on private property do not operate in a public place, and thus do not fall within the requirements of the Public Places Bylaw 2008.

Complaints about hawkers on private property should be referred to:

Windscreen washers

For safety reasons, the Council does not issue licences to people who want to wash windscreens on public roads.