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Permits, Food & Licensing
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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.

To find out more about consents and licences you can contact Wairoa District Council on (06) 838 7309.

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) –

Health Licence

The Wairoa District Council Environmental Health Officer issues a variety of health licences, through regulations and bylaws administered by Council. A licence 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 health license/registration up to 12 times per year. A permit to cover such events is issued free of charge through the council offices.

Health licences are 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
  • Boarding Houses
  • Camping Grounds
  • Hairdressers
  • Offensive Trades
  • Motels
  • Hawkers / Mobile Shopkeepers

You require a food licence when you are selling food in any way, shape or form. To learn more about requirements for selling or preparing food in the home environment, click here.

How do I apply?

To make an application for a new health licence, you need to complete a Health Licence Application form.

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 Agency based at Wairoa District Council.

How do I apply?

To make an application for a liquor licence, you need to complete an application form for the relevant licence. To view the licensing forms please click here.

Liquor Licensing Decisions

For the liquor licensing decisions please click here.


For more information relating to health licensing, please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309

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