Proposed Fees & Charges 2019/20: Food Act 2014 & Resource Consenting

Submissions closing on 13 May 2019, 05:00 PM

Proposed Fees and Charges.

Horowhenua District Council is proposing to set a range of fees to apply for:

  • Food businesses operating under the Food Act 2014; and
  • Resource Consenting (Planning) Services.

These proposed fees will apply for the 2019/2020 financial year, commencing 1 July 2019. 

Council resolved to consult on these fees at its ordinary meeting on 10 April 2019, using the Special Consultative Procedure as laid out in the Local Government Act 2002.  

Food Act Premises Fees

The Food Act 2014 (the Act), section 205(1) enables the Council, by resolution, to fix fees to recover direct and indirect costs of any registration, verification, compliance and monitoring functions performed under the Act, after using the Special Consultative Procedure as set out in section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Recovering costs in this manner recognises the benefit to the direct user of the service whilst also recognising the public benefit for the community in relation to the functions performed. This aligns with Council’s Revenue and Financing Policy, which identifies that in funding regulatory services functions, the majority of funds should be sourced through fees with a minority funded through general rates.

Resource Consenting (Planning) Services Fees

The Resource Management Act 1991 (the Act), section 36, enables the Council, by resolution, to fix fees to recover the direct and indirect costs of its functions performed under the Act after using the Special Consultative Procedure as set out in section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Recovering costs in this manner recognises the benefit to the direct user of the service, while also recognising the public benefit for the community in relation to the functions performed. This aligns with Council’s Revenue and Financing Policy, which identifies that in funding regulatory services functions, the majority of funds should be sourced through fees with a minority funded through general rates.

In fixing fees under Section 36 of the RMA a Local Authority is required to have regard to the requirement that the sole purpose of the charge is to recover reasonable costs incurred by the local authority in respect of the activity to which the charge relates, and a particular person or persons should only be required to pay a charge to the extent that the benefit of the local authority’s actions to which the charge relates is obtained by those persons as distinct from the community of the local authority as a whole.

The Statement of Proposal and Summary of Information documents are available under 'Related Information'. Alternatively, these documents can be viewed at Council's Service Centres at:

  • 126 Oxford Street, Levin;
  • Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10 Bath Street, Levin;
  • Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 22 Harbour Street, Foxton; or
  • Plimmer Terrace, Shannon.

Phone enquiries can be made to Council's Customer Service Centre on (06) 366 0999.

Submissions close at 5:00pm on Monday, 13 May 2019.

We're seeking your feedback on the proposed fees and are calling for submissions. Submissions on the proposal close at 5.00pm on Monday, 13 May 2019.

Submit online.

A print version of the submission form is also available under 'Related Information'. Alternatively, the submission form can be obtained from Council's Service Centres at 126 Oxford Street, Levin; Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, 10 Bath Street, Levin; Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, 22 Harbour Street, Foxton or Plimmer Terrace, Shannon. Phone enquiries can be made to Council's Customer Service Centre on (06) 366 0999.

All submissions should be addressed to: Proposed Fees & Charges 2019/20 Submission, Horowhenua District Council, Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540.

Submitters should advise whether they wish to be heard when submissions are considered.  A meeting will be scheduled after the consultation period has closed. Submitters are advised that pursuant to the Local Government Act 2002 and subject to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, all submissions shall be made available to the public.