Who needs to register
Find out whether you need to register as an auctioneer. There are some exemptions.
A person who carries out business as an auctioneer by trading and charging a fee or commission must be registered.
A person who requires the payment of any part of the proceeds of a sale by auction must be registered.
You don’t need to register as an auctioneer under the Auctioneers Act 2013 if you are:
- a real estate agent licensed under Section 48 of the Real Estate Agents Act 2008
Real Estate Agents Act 2008 – New Zealand Legislation(external link)
- a registered motor vehicle trader limited to conducting auctions of motor vehicles only, under Section 141 of the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003.
Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003 – New Zealand Legislation(external link)
You may be exempt from registration if you are an employee of a business that holds a company auctioneer registration — in which case your employer must ensure that you’re not disqualified under Section 6 of the Auctioneers Act.
You may be exempt from registration if you conduct charity auctions that don’t take a commission or payment.
It’s not necessary to register as an auctioneer to run an internet auction, such as on Trade Me.