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 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.
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.
There are two types of food business registration:
An FCP is a written document that sets out what steps a business needs to take to keep food safe. Many businesses can use a template FCP, developed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and available from council. Others will need to develop their own FCP and register with MPI not with Council.
If you're not sure if your business will operate under a food control plan, MPI has developed a tool – Where Do I Fit? – to help you work it out.
The types of businesses that will use a template FCP include:
You will need to register your plan each year and have a regular check (verification) to make sure your plan is being followed.
Working with a national programme is the way that lower-risk food businesses operate under the Food Act 2014.
All national programmes require record keeping to show that you are selling safe food and must be registered with council every two years.
There are 3 levels of national programmes, which are based on the food safety risk of the activities a business does:
Information about each level of risk in the national programmes can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website.
If you're not sure if your business will operate under a national programme, MPI has a tool—Where Do I Fit?—to help you work it out.