Community funding, facilities and support

Community occupancy agreements

Auckland Council recognises the vital role that community groups play in developing a sense of belonging and engagement across the region. One way we support these groups is by providing subsidised leases and licences of land and/or buildings for community activities. Read the information below to find out about community occupancies and to see if your community group is eligible.

Our document, Community Occupancy Guidelines (1.3MB), guides the allocation of community occupancies and is intended to provide community groups wishing to apply for a community occupancy agreement an overview of:

  • eligibility criteria
  • the application process
  • standard terms and conditions.

Community occupancies are available Auckland wide, though guidelines may vary between local boards. Please check the details with your Community Lease Advisor. 

Who can apply for a community occupancy?

In order to be eligible for a community occupancy agreement, your group must be an incorporated society or a charitable trust that requires space for the provision of community activities, projects and/or programmes in the Auckland region.

How to apply:

1. In cases of a vacant building, space or land identified as appropriate for development, Council will seek applications through:

  • public advertisement
  • an expression of interest process
  • direct notification to groups who have registered interest.

2. If the available building or land suits your group's needs, fill in an application form and send in supporting documentation.

3. Council assesses applications based on a number of criteria, including:

  • alignment to Local Board plans
  • suitability of the building or space for that particular community group
  • the costs involved in altering the building or space to accommodate the group, or the  ability of the group to resource and undertake any changes itself
  • whether other groups in the community are offering similar services and / or activities
  • days and times the group needs to use the space
  • other options the community group may have for accommodation
  • the history and sustainability of the community group within that community
  • willingness of the community group to share resources and / or space with other  compatible groups
  • ability of the group to pay the tenant’s outgoings.

4. Applications and recommendations are sent to the relevant Local Board for consideration.

5. The Local Board approves or declines the application.

6. Council enters into a community occupancy agreement with the successful applicant.

Find out more:

Contact a Community Lease Advisor

Please call (09) 301 0101 to speak to one of our community lease advisors, or email us.

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