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Draft policy for the use of public space

We want our public space to play host to unique activities, increasing opportunities for social interaction and visible public life. We also want to protect our public spaces for everyone to access and enjoy.

Public space is any outdoor area under Council control, including the Square, Railway Land, reserves, parks, riverbanks, and verges.

The draft policy for the use of public space would guide how we manage applications for the use of public space (except casual and informal use, such as a picnic in the park). We’re proposing a series of high-level guidelines that can apply to the full spectrum of activities.

We are also developing a draft venues policy. We will consult on that at a later date.

We want to hear from anyone who has a view about the draft policy. You’re also welcome to appear before the Council and speak to your submission.

This consultation closed for feedback on Monday 29 July.

We want to know if you agree with the proposed assessment criteria

In considering an application to use public space, and particularly where there are competing applications for the use of public space or high demand for a public space, the Council will consider whether the event or activity:

  • supports the achievement of the Council’s goals
  • is accessible to the wider community
  • adds to the variety of events or activities available in Palmerston North
  • enhances any precinct identities (e.g. Broadway as a hospitality precinct)
  • provides an experience (rather than a simple commercial exchange)
  • does not significantly limit the availability of space for general community use

The purpose of these criteria is to inform Council decision-making, rather than to provide an exhaustive list of necessary criteria.

Contact us

If you'd like to speak to anyone about these policies, please contact Julie Macdonald ( or Rebecca Hofmann (