Facility infringement offences

Biosecurity New Zealand has categorised 2 offences under the Biosecurity Act 1993 as strict liability infringement offences. That means if you commit either of these offences you may get an instant fine.

What are the offences?

The 2 offences you may be fined for are:

  • operating or purporting to operate a transitional facility or containment facility when not approved as the facility’s operator
  • not complying with the operating standards for a transitional facility or containment facility when operating or purporting to operate the facility.

The penalties

The penalty for both offences is an infringement fee (instant fine) of:

  • $400 for an individual
  • $800 for a corporation (for example, a company).

You don't get a criminal conviction.

How to avoid getting a fine

We encourage compliance. So, if you let us know about non-compliance, you may avoid being fined.

What to do if you get an infringement notice

You can:

  • pay your fine
  • request withdrawal or a waiver
  • request a court hearing.

Find out more about your options, including how to pay a fine

What you need to know about your facility biosecurity infringement/fine – FAQ [PDF, 267 KB]

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