Proposed fee change for Food and Resource Management functions

Have your say on fee changes for Food and Resource Management functions

Waitomo District Council is making some changes to fees and charges relating to food premises and resource management functions, and want to know what you think about them.

Food Act 2014

The Food Act 2014 set up a new regime for licensed food premises to comply with, and Council was required to implement this within its fees and charges. To do this, Council undertook a consultation and heard from the community in 2016. As a result of community feedback, changes were made to the proposal, and the new licence regime was implemented.

Now that the new licensing regime has been in place for a year, Council is able to refine the fees and charges to better reflect the actual costs of the new regime to Council, and to provide a fairer and more transparent fee structure to food premises in the district.

Click here to see the proposed fees and charges fixed under the Food Act.

Resource Management Act 1991

Council is proposing a new structure for its fees and charges under the Resource Management Act. The new proposed structure outlines deposits, fixed fees and other recoverable expenses to make it clear from the outset the types of costs an applicant can expect for each type of application or service. It makes the true costs of services clearer for applicants, and provides Council the ability to recover fair costs for the services.

These fees and charges better reflect the actual costs Council incurs in providing these services, to ensure the ratepayer does not unfairly subsidise a service from which a specific user benefits.

Deposit charges

Throughout the proposed Resource Management fees, there is reference to ‘deposits’. Deposit charges are levied at the start of the application and are payable at the time an application is submitted to Council for processing. The changes to these charges across the different sections all reflect this reason.

In proposing changes to deposit charges, the actual charges and costs incurred by applicants over the 2016/17 year were reviewed. The increases proposed below for deposit charges therefore better reflect the average actual cost to process applications.

There will be instances where an application may cost less than the deposit charge and in these instances a refund will occur. If a consent costs more to process than the deposit charge, the balance will be invoiced to the applicant.

Click here to see the proposed fees and charges fixed under the Resource Management Act. 

Have your say

Read our Statement of Proposal (PDF, 369 Kb) which includes some more information including the specific fees and charges that Council is proposing and a submission form. Hard copies are available from the Waitomo District Library, the Te Kuiti i-SITE, or at Main reception Queen Street, Te Kuiti.

Anyone can make a submission and we encourage you to tell us your views. The consultation period opens on Thursday 4 May 2017 and closes at 5pm on Friday 2 June 2017. To tell us what you think, you can:

  • Email your submission to consultation@waitomo.govt.nz
  • Post your submission to Waitomo District Council, PO Box 404, Te Kuiti 3941
  • Drop your submission off to Council’s office at Queen Street in Te Kuiti.

If you wish to speak to elected members about your submission, hearings will be held from 1pm on Wednesday 7 June 2017 in the Council Chambers. Make sure you tell us if you wish to be heard.

Key Milestone

Planned timeframe

Council Meeting to adopt the proposed changes to the 2017/18 fees and charges under the Food Act and the Resource Management Act for public consultation

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Consultation Period

Thursday 4 May 2017 – 5pm Friday 2 June 2017

Hearing of submitters who wish to speak to their submission

Wednesday 7 June 2017 from 1pm

Council Meeting to make decisions (deliberate) and adopt the 2017/18 fees and charges under the Food Act and the Resource Management Act

Tuesday 27 June 2017

 

Remember, submissions close at 5pm on Friday 2 June 2017.