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Mobile Traders

People selling goods in public places are subject to registration under the Masterton and South Wairarapa District Council Consolidated Bylaws 2012: Part 3 Trading in Public Places.

These activities are required to be licensed annually, and you need to complete an Application for Registration – Hawkers & Itinerary Traders (PDF, 6MB).

Please note that first-time applications should be accompanied by two recent character references.

Mobile Traders and Food Safety

Some mobile operators who sell food, have to register their risk-based measure (RBM) with the local council where the business owner resides. In these instances, you will need to provide:

  • A copy of your current Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 2014 for your food activity.
  • An application for registration as a hawker to Masterton District Council.

Verification by an EHO from this local authority may not be necessary if the above information is current and correct and there are no problems or food complaints.


A busker is a person who entertains in a public place for donations. Please read our Public Places Brochure (PDF, 1MB) or for more information contact an EHO on 06 3706300.

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