Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996

Public Act1996 No 40
Date of assent24 June 1996
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.



1 Short Title and commencement

Part 1

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind the Crown

4 Purpose of Act

5 Application of Act

Part 2
Controls in respect of ozone depleting substances


6 Prohibitions in respect of ozone depleting substances

7 Customs and Excise Act 1996 to apply to prohibited exports


8 Exemptions

8A Application for exemption

9 Consideration of application for exemption


9A General requirements for permits

9B Refusal of permit to import substance

9C Consideration of application for permit to import substance

9D Conditions on permits to import substance

Codes of practice

10 Codes of practice


11 Accreditation of persons handling ozone depleting substances

12 Industry may be required to prepare draft accreditation schemes


12A Environmental Protection Authority may approve forms


12B Register

12C Information to be included in register

12D Environmental Protection Authority to allow New Zealand Customs Service access to register

Offences and penalties

13 Offences

14 Defence for release of ozone depleting substance

15 Penalties

Part 3

16 Regulations

17 Consultation requirements before regulations made

18 Additional requirement before regulations made

19 Manufacture of goods not to be prohibited unless importation also prohibited

20 Updating text of Convention, etc

Part 4

21 Purpose for which powers may be exercised

22 Power of inspection

23 Search warrants

24 Seizure by Customs officers

25 Retention of property seized

26 Forfeiture of property seized

Part 5
Miscellaneous provisions

27 Review of reduction timetables

28 Other Acts not affected

29 Protection of officers and others

30 Annual report

31 Repeals and revocations

32 Transitional provision relating to consultation on first regulations

33 Savings

Schedule 1
Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Schedule 2
Enactments repealed

Schedule 3
Regulation and orders revoked

Ozone Layer Protection Amendment Act 2011

Reprint notes

An Act to help protect human health and the environment against adverse effects resulting or likely to result from human activities which modify or are likely to modify the ozone layer and to implement in New Zealand the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer