Central Coast Council recognises the importance of a healthy and active community. While Council has an obligation to preserve open space areas for general community use, it recognises that in some circumstances, the undertaking of trade or business activities on open space reserves can enhance the use of these areas and provide a benefit to the community.
The control of activities in particular locations ensures the impact on the community and environment is minimised, yet provides support to local businesses and ensures the provision of recreational activities are in place.
Trade or business activities that will be considered by Council must be ancillary to the purpose of the reserve and be of an educational nature and/or encourage active participation in a healthy lifestyle. Activities deemed appropriate include:
- Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboats
- Coaching and Clinics
- Corporate Group Training
- Dog Obedience Classes
- Personal Training, Fitness Groups and Bootcamp Operators
- Stand Up Paddle Board School
- Surf Schools (including elite level)
Approved operators are required to provide substantial information to council to obtain authorisation to operate on council managed reserves. Council requires operators to provide documentation, including accreditation, public liability insurance, risk management plans and environmental hazard assessments.
We require this information to ensure that the operators that are approved are undertaking safe, environmentally responsible operations on open space reserves.
Any trade or business wishing to conduct activities on council managed open space areas must apply for an annual temporary licence.
Temporary licensing enables council to regulate and monitor trade or business activities being conducted on open space reserves to ensure ecologically sustainable use and protection of these areas, and the safety and well-being of the community.
Applying for licensing of a trade or business on open space
Council seeks applications for temporary licences through an annual Expression of Interest process. Expressions of Interest for temporary licences for the financial year 2021/22 to undertake business or trade activities on open space areas are now OPEN.
Separate application forms and guidelines are available for each activity. Expressions of Interest must be submitted online by 5pm 23rd April 2021 for consideration for the 2021/22 financial year.
Once an expression of interest period closes, applicants may still apply, however there is no guarantee that an assessment will be made until the next expression of Interest period.
Guidelines and Application Forms
Personal trainers, fitness groups and bootcamp operators
Stand up paddleboard (SUP) schools
Canoe, kayak, SUP and paddle boat operators
Corporate group training, clinics and coaching
All applicants must ensure they have read Councils Licensing of a Trade of Business on Open Space Areas Policy prior to submitting their Expression of Interest.
The information on this page may not be correct during this unprecedented health event. Essential services are still being provided to the community, however many Council services and programs have been placed on hold while facilities and some open spaces are closed.
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