Council Licences

Council licences regulate certain activities relating to public health to ensure that they are conducted according to appropriate standards.

This is done to avoid any harmful effects on community health, safety and general well-being.

Activities which require Council Licences are:

  • Operation of premises where food is prepared for consumption
  • Selling items in public places or from vehicles (requires Hawkers or mobile traders licence)
  • Funeral directors
  • Offensive trades (activities likely to produce offensive odours and/or health risk)
  • Hairdressers and barbers (in some circumstances)
  • Discharge of Trade Waste into a council sewer or stormwater drain

Food Licensing

Registration of Food Businesses

Local councils will have a role in the registration of food businesses and will keep a record of:

  • food businesses selling food
  • the type of food sold
  • where the businesses are located etc.

Business are required to register with the local authority on a yearly basis, and local authorities will issue Certificates of Registration under the Food Act 2014 which will be subject to an annual fee. 

Food activities which are subject to registration include those operating template Food Control Plans and National Programmes (Levels 3, 2 and 1). 

Operators of custom Food Control Plans will be required to register directly with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Food Safety Requirements

The Food Act 2014 was enforced on 1 March 2016 and takes a risk-management approach to food. 

Food Regulations 2015 was also enforced on 1 March 2016, which coincides with the start of a three-year transition period for food businesses, ending on 28 February 2019. 

At the end of the three years, all food businesses will be operating risk-management based systems to ensure food is safe and suitable for human consumption.

The Food Act applies to all businesses that make, sell, grow, transport, or trade in food.  It also applies to businesses that serve food like school canteens and clubs.

For more information about the new Food Act, please visit: the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

Please direct questions to MPI on its food safety helpline: 0800 693 721 or by email at info@mpi.govt.nz

You may also contact an Environmental Health Officer at Otorohanga District Council on 07 873 4000.

Liquor Licensing

A licence issued according to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 is required in order to sell alcohol to the public.

A licensed premises must be operated by a qualified or certified manager. They should hold a qualification such as the Licence Controllers Qualification (LCQ), for example.

This requirement applies to all venues, from a tavern to a one-off event. For more information visit: the Hospitality Standards Institute website.

Licences to sell alcohol are not transferable. If you take over or purchase another business, a new licence application must be made.

District Licensing Committee

Otorohanga District Council has appointed a District Licensing Committee according to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. The Council has given authority to this Committee to receive, process, investigate and determine all applications for licenses and managers certificates within its area. 

The Otorohanga District Licensing Inspector will work with the Police and the Medical Officer of Health to deal with reporting, monitoring and enforcing the requirements of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.  

Please visit our Liquor Licencing – Fees and Charges page for liquor licence fees and manager certificate application costs. 

Visit our Council Forms page for application forms.

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Other Licensing

Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to improve, protect and promote public health.including the registration and inspection of a number of different types of premises such as:

This includes the registration and inspection of various types of premises such as:

  • Hairdressers and Barbers (Health (Hairdressers) Regulations 1980)
  • Funeral Directors and Mortuaries (Health (Burial) Regulations 1946)
  • Offensive Trades (Health Act 1956)
  • Mobile and Travelling Shops, Hawkers and Itinerant Traders (Bylaws)

Operators of any of the above are required to comply with the relevant regulations. Council's Environmental Health Officer can provide more information on these requirements.

See our Council Forms page for application forms.