The Kapiti Miniature Railway Society had been reminded by the council to complete their permits to operate within the required timelines.
The society closed the popular railway at the weekend when they discovered their WorkSafe permit had expired, initially suggesting on social media that the council had shut them down.
But KCDC Group Manager for Regulatory Services Natasha Tod, says the council had previously reminded the railway to make sure their paperwork was completed within the regulatory timeframes.
Tod says: “For reasons we’re not aware of, they failed to do so”.
According to Tod, the society approached KCDC on 14 March 2018 requesting they be issued their Local Authority Permit.
A KCDC Compliance Officer requested a copy of their current certificate when it was discovered that their Certificate of Registration was to expire last Saturday.
The Council offered to issue a local permit until expiry of their certificate.
Tod says: “For the safety of users, we recommended they didn’t operate without their Certificate of Registration from WorkSafe.”
Society Secretary Tony Brown earlier in the week confirmed with Beach FM that the council hadn't ordered the railway to shut down.
He says they hope to complete all the paperwork required, to have the railway operating again in time for the Trains at Twilight even on 7 April.