Applying to have a classification decision reconsidered

A reconsideration is where the Classification Office re-examines a publication, and either alters or confirms the previous classification decision on the publication.


Applications for reconsideration of a classification decision are usually made for older decisions, ones where more than 3 years has passed since the classification was made.

Where less than 3 years have passed since the decision was made, the applicant will need to show that (in the case of a film), the film has been substantially altered since the decision; or the Chief Censor will need to be satisfied that there are special circumstances justifying a reconsideration of the decision.


Those with an automatic right to apply for a reconsideration

Owners, makers, or authorised distributors of a publication do not need to seek the leave of the Chief Censor to submit a publication for reconsideration. There are different fees depending on the medium of the publication.

The application should include:

  • A copy of the publication to be reconsidered.
  • A reconsideration submission application form.
  • The correct fee.
  • A covering letter (optional) outlining why you want the publication reconsidered.
  • If the three year time period has not elapsed you should explain either how the film has been altered; or any special circumstances justifying reconsideration.

Completed applications should be sent to info@classificationoffice.govt.nz.


Members of the public and others

People who are not the owner, maker, or authorised distributor must seek the leave of the Chief Censor before they can submit a publication for reconsideration.

There are different fees depending on the medium of the publication and whether the applicant has a commercial/professional interest in having the publication classified.

If you are not sure whether a publication has been classified, or are unsure of the classification date, you can check the NZ Register of Classification Decisions, or contact our Information Unit.

To request a reconsideration, click here.

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