If you are running a business selling food either directly or indirectly to the consumer, you must be registered. If a food business has changed ownership, the business must be registered as a new food business.
If you sell food to raise funds for charity (or similar purposes) and do this 20 times or less per calendar year, then your food stall is exempt from registration, but the food must still be safe to eat.
We register and verify food premises, investigates complaints and provide information on making, giving away and selling food.
If any building works are to be carried out, you may need to obtain both resource and building consents before you commence any work.
You will require an alcohol licence if you intend to sell or supply alcohol as part of your business.
If you are operating a food stall - whether giving away food as a promotion or selling it - your food should be "safe and suitable" for people to eat. You don't have to register under the Food Act 2014 or pay a fee if you're selling food:
Food safety tips for selling food for fundraising can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.
If you operate a food shop, takeaway, restaurant or cafe bar and want to place furniture on a public place adjacent to your premises for customer or al fresco dining, you must first obtain the Outdoor Dining Permit. Click here to find out more information.
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This is a guide to the registration you will need if you want to start trading as a mobile food operator (e.g. food truck or coffee cart) in Porirua. Mobile food operators can apply for a food control plan or national progamme registration with Porirua City Council provided that the base address (i.e. the food preparation and storage address) is in Porirua. If the base address is outside of Porirua, you will have to register with the appropriate council for that address.
Please think about where you plan to trade before you reach out to us. A current registration certificate must be provided before approval for trading.