MHF fees and levies

The fees and levies for major hazard facilities are:

  • fees for the assessment of safety cases for upper tier major hazard facilities, with a reduction of the safety case fees for operators’ second and subsequent facilities under the same safety management system
  • annual levies for upper and lower tier major hazard facilities based on complexity of the facility (see ‘types’ below)

Types and fees

Schedule 8 of the regulations(external link) outlines the fees and levies that apply to types of major hazard facilities, and any discounts that may apply to additional facilities.

The types are:

  • Type 1 – Low complexity
  • Type 2 – Medium complexity
  • Type 3 – High complexity

All figures below are in NZ dollars, exclusive of GST.

Payment due 1 July each year. 

  • Lower Tier, type 1 - $12,500
  • Lower Tier, type 2 - $15,000
  • Lower Tier, type 3 - $18,000
  • Upper Tier, type 1 - $23,000
  • Upper Tier, type 2 - $28,000
  • Upper Tier, type 3 - $34,000

Types of Major Hazard Facilities for the purposes of fees and levies are given in Schedule 8 of the major hazard facilities regulations(external link).

Initial levy for any designated major hazard facility

The levy for a designated major hazard facility in its first year of operation is calculated by a formula in the regulations, which is the remaining number of full months until 1 July.

Safety case fees

The safety case given to WorkSafe must be accompanied by the relevant fee for assessing the safety case.

Multi facility discounts

If an operator operates more than one upper tier facility under safety management systems that are substantially the same, the full fee applies to one of those major hazard facilities; and the discounted fee applies to each of the other major hazard facilities.

The major hazard facility to which the full fee applies is that facility, or one of those facilities, operated by the operator to which the highest fee applies.

Type of upper tier major hazard facility Full feeDiscounted fee for each additional facility
Fees for assessment of new safety case
Type 1 $45,000 $36,000
Type 2 $56,000 $44,800
Type 3 $67,000 $54,000
Fees for assessment of revised safety case
Type 1 $20,000 $16,000
Type 2 $25,000 $20,000
Type 3 $30,000 $24,000

Following designation WorkSafe will advise the operator of the fees and levies payable according to the type of MHF and any discounts that may apply, and provide an invoice prior to the safety case submission date and the levy due date. For WorkSafe to provide an invoice for a safety case, an operator should confirm with WorkSafe the indicative date by when the safety case will be submitted to WorkSafe.

Informing WorkSafe of changes

The operator of a major hazard facility must notify WorkSafe if a purpose or use of any specified hazardous substance at the facility changes in a way that has the effect of changing the facility from one type of major hazard facility referred to in Schedule 8 to another type of major hazard facility referred to in that schedule.

An operator of a proposed facility who has notified WorkSafe under regulation 13 must notify WorkSafe when specified hazardous substances are for the first time present at the facility in a quantity that is equal to or exceeds the lower threshold quantity. Proposed MHFs will pay the levy from the date when specified hazardous substances are present for the first time above the lower threshold quantity.

Use the Notification of Major Hazard Facility Form.