Licensing requirements for radiation users

Who needs a use licence

Section 21 of the Radiation Safety 2016 requires a natural person to hold a use licence to use radiation sources.

Most common situations where a use licence is required are:

  • medical exposures are generated as a result of the use.
  • the use involves IAEA category 1, 2 or 3 sealed radioactive material excluding blood irradiators.
  • the use involves unsealed radioactive material.
  • the use involves irradiating apparatus for industrial radiography or the manufacture of radioactive material.
  • the user is a medical physicist or servicing and installation engineer.

There are some exemptions provided for this provision. For more information, visit the Exemptions from licensing page.

For information about specific types of scope authorised by a use licence, please visit the following pages of this section.

How to apply

Please send your use application form to us at orsenquiries@health.govt.nz or mail to the address below if necessary:

Office of Radiation Safety
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Wellington 6140

All applications go through our screening process, and an invoice will be emailed if no further information is required. The screen process usually takes 3 to 5 working days after the receipt of your application. Our target processing time frame is within 10 working days from the receipt of the application to issuing licences dependent on how quickly the payment comes through. It is recommended that you start your application process at least 3 weeks in advance.

Forms for new applicants

Forms for existing licence holders for renewal

Fee structure

Regulation 17 sets out the annual fee for a use licence. The fee payable by a person who applies for a use licence, or a renewal of a use licence, is $95 (GST exclusive) for each authorisation year.

Please see below for the indicative fee for each licensing term category:

Licence category Fee (incl. GST)
Licence issued for 1 year $109.25
Licence issued for 2 year $218.50
Licence issued for 3 year $327.75

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