Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 No 156
80 Surrender of licence
(1) A licence may, on the written application of the holder of the licence, be surrendered with the written approval of the appropriate regulatory authority.
(1A) If an application for approval of the surrender of a licence has been made, the appropriate regulatory authority may, by notice in writing given to the applicant, require the applicant to supply to the appropriate regulatory authority such further information as the appropriate regulatory authority considers necessary and relevant to the application and specifies in the notice.
(1B) Without limiting the grounds for refusal, an appropriate regulatory authority may refuse an application for surrender of a licence relating to a scheduled activity if it is of the opinion that:
(a) there will be an ongoing environmental impact arising from the activity after the activity ceases to be carried on, and
(b) it is appropriate to manage that impact through conditions of the licence.
(2) If an application for the approval of the surrender of a licence is granted or refused, any person may make a written request to the appropriate regulatory authority for the reasons for the grant or refusal of the application and the appropriate regulatory authority is to provide a written statement of the reasons to the person.
(2A) The regulations may make provision with respect to any such statement of reasons, including:
(a) the time within which a request for reasons must be made or within which the statement of reasons must be provided, and
(b) the matters to be set out in a statement of reasons, and
(c) the cases in which a statement of reasons is not required to be provided.