Dangerous Goods

Dangerous Goods are substances that may be corrosive, explosive, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizing substances, poisons, radio active substances and gases. These goods can be deadly and may compromise public safety.

Dangerous Goods Act 1984 sets out the process for licensing, the general duties of the inspector and general guidelines for storage, sale and use of dangerous goods.

 Do I need a dangerous goods license?

If you intend to store & handle dangerous goods of 200ltrs or more on any site you may be required to  apply for a Dangerous Goods License. In any case you should contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs and ask to speak with the Inspector for Dangerous Goods.

 How to apply for a dangerous goods license?

You must complete a Form of Application to Store Dangerous Goods  

All new applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A scale site plan
  • An Environment Impact Assessment Report
  • Safety & Response Manuals

On receipt of your completed application form the Ministry will review your application to decide whether to grant a licence for the storage of dangerous goods or make modifications of the proposal with regard to the interest of public safety.

 Renewal & Variation of Dangerous Goods Licence:

Every dangerous goods licence granted will expire on 31 March of the following year, unless stated otherwise on the licence. All registered licencees must renewal their licence 1 month before the expiry date of their licence.

Any variation to the store or handling of dangerous (such as quantity, or type of dangerous good) will require you to file a new application to vary the terms and conditions of your licence.

For more information about dangerous goods contact the Labour & Employment Relations Office on 29370


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