Health licences

Certain types of businesses (for example, hairdressers, funeral homes, and kennels and catteries) need a health licence to operate.

How it works

A health licence is confirmation that a business is registered with Council. The Council checks that they are operating to acceptable health standards.

Once you're registered, you need to display your certificate of registration and re-register each year.

If you're taking over an existing business with a health licence

Who needs a health licence

  • Campgrounds
  • Hairdressers or barbers
  • Funeral homes
  • Commercial pools and spas
  • School pools
  • Animal boarding houses (for example, dog kennels and catteries)
  • Piggeries
  • Poultry farms

You also need a health licence if your business involves an "offensive trade" – this is defined in schedule 3 of the Health Act and includes things like rubbish collection, septic tank desludging and tanning hides.

Schedule 3, Health Act 1956 – legislation.govt.nz

When you don't need to register

How to apply

You need to complete the form and pay the fee. 

1. Complete the form

Application for registration of premises (39KB PDF)

2. Submit the form and pay the fee

Service

Charges (GST included)

Camping grounds

$250

Hairdressers

$130

Mortuaries/funeral directors

$155

Pools: commercial pools/spas

$250

Schools pools (no entry fee)

Nil

Animal boarding establishment

$250

Poultry farm/piggery

$155

Offensive trades

$310

Note: Late payments are calculated as charge + 10%.

By email

In person

By post

3. Have a pre-opening inspection

An Environmental Health Officer will contact you to arrange a pre-opening inspection and to approve your business to operate. This will usually happen within 2 weeks of when you apply.

They will give you advice about anything you might still need to do.

Once we're satisfied that your business is ready, you will be issued with a health licence and can start trading.

Renewing your health licence

Your registration expires each year on 30 June. We'll post you a re-registration pack before then. 

Once we have received your form and payment of fees your new certificate will be sent to you.

Online

In person

Need help?

The Public Health team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Public Health
Phone: 04 499 4444
Email: publichealthenquiries@wcc.govt.nz