Links to the Legislative Acts that govern the Food & Health responsibilities in New Zealand.

Council's regulatory role to promote, protect and improve the health of its residents is covered under the following legislation. As a regulatory body, we have to comply with, and ensure Selwyn's businesses comply with, a wide variety of legislation.


Acts are laws made by parliament. There is a wide range of legislation created by the New Zealand Government that applies to Environmental Health. Listed below are some of those applicable.

Building Act 2004
Food Act 2014
Health Act 1956
Litter Act 1979
Local Government Act 2002
Resource Management Act 1991
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012


Regulations are laws created under Acts. The list below includes some of those relevant to Environmental Health.

Camping-Grounds Regulations 1985
Food Regulations 2015
Health (Burial) Regulations 1946
Health (Hairdressers) Regulations 1980
Health (Registration of Premises) Regulations 1966
Resource Management (Infringement Offences) Regulations 1999

Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 (Revised 2008)