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Permits, Food & LicensingPuka whakaaetanga me ngā raihana kai

Council issues a variety of licences that cover a wide range of activities. This section provides information on obtaining certain licences from Wairoa District Council.

Environmental Health

Food safety forms a major portion of the work carried out by the Council’s Environmental Health Officers, but they are also involved in other aspects of the environment which have an effect on residents within the Wairoa District. Some of these areas are:

  1. Noise Control. The Wairoa District Council retains the services of a Security Company to assist with the monitoring and enforcement of nuisance noise issues. Council staff are able to assist with noise monitoring, including industrial/commercial activities.
  2. Drinking Water quality relating to the Council’s reticulated supplies and rural non-reticulated supplies.
  3. Health issues relating to sub-standard housing and residential environments.
  4. Initial investigation of air, water and land contamination. In some cases multi-agency involvement, or handing over to the agency charged under the appropriate legislation, becomes necessary to resolve issues effectively. The Wairoa District Council is able to advise if other agencies should be approached to deal with certain issues.

Enquiries regarding any of the above can be made by phone or online. An environmental Health Officer will be able to advise. If not available immediately, please provide your contact information in an email or through reception at the Council and you will be contacted to follow up on the matter.

Hazardous Substances

Information regarding all aspects of handling, storage, transportation, storage classification, trading in hazardous substances, etc, can be found on the website of the New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) –

Food Registration & Licensing

The Wairoa District Council Environmental Health Officer issues a variety of licences, through regulations and bylaws administered by Council. Registration is required for any place of business involved with the handling and sale or exchange of food by means of a 'koha' . The only exception to this requirement is the operation of bona-fide charitable fundraising events (eg sausage sizzle), which are permitted to offer food for sale without a registration up to 20 times per year. A permit to cover such events is issued free of charge through the council offices.

Health registration under the Food Act 2014 or the Health Act is required for businesses including:

  • Vegetable and Fruit Outlets
  • Food Stalls
  • Butcheries
  • Dairies
  • Grocery Outlets
  • Ancillary Food Premises (e.g. Service Stations)
  • Bakeries
  • Food Suppliers
  • Eating Houses

You require registration under the Food Act 2014 when you are selling food in any way, shape or form, except under certain circumstances when food is offered on stalls for charitable/cultural organisations. Online food sales must be registered to comply with the Act.

Health Licensing Guides

Apply for a Health Licence

To make an application for a new health licence, you need to complete one of the two forms below.

Liquor Licence

You require a liquor licence when you are selling liquor, in any shape, way or form. All liquor licence matters or manager's certificates are processed by the District Licensing Committee, which is chaired by a Commissioner.

Apply for a Liquor Licence

To make an application for a liquor licence, you need to complete an application form for the relevant licence.

Liquor Licensing Decisions 2020 (35)

Liquor Licensing Decisions 2019 (71)


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309


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