Offensive Trade

Offensive trade is defined under the Health Act 1956 as any trade, business, manufacture, or undertaking for the time being specified in Schedule 3. The Act lists the following activities as offensive trades:

  • Blood or offal treating
  • Bone boiling or crushing
  • Collection and storage of used bottles for sale
  • Dag crushing
  • Fellmongering
  • Fish cleaning
  • Fish curing
  • Flax pulping
  • Flock manufacturing, or teasing of textile material for any purpose
  • Gut scraping and treating
  • Nightsoil collection and disposal
  • Refuse collection and disposal
  • Septic tank desludging and disposal of sludge
  • Slaughtering of animals for any purpose other than human consumption
  • Storage, drying or preserving of bones, hides, hooves or skins
  • Tallow melting
  • Tanning
  • Wood pulping
  • Wool scouring

The Health Act 1956 (Section 54) requires anyone operating an offensive trade to obtain a certificate of registration from Council, in accordance with the Health (Registration of Premises) Regulations 1966. It is an offence to operate an offensive trade without a current registration certificate.

The certificate of registration will only be approved and issued when the premises comply with the Act and all other relevant legislation and Bylaws have been met

Applying for Registration for Offensive Trade

If you are interested in applying for registration as an offensive trade operator you will need to talk to the Duty Planning Officer, Trade Waste Officer and Horizons Regional Council if to see if your proposed activities are permitted and to ensure that discharge of any wastes meet District and Regional Plan requirements.

Further Information

The Health Act 1956 gives a full explanation of the when registration for an offensive trade is required.