Depending on the type and size of your food business, you will need a Food Control Plan or National Programme.
Anyone starting a new food business must register under the Food Act 2014 before they start selling food. Businesses that were operating before 1 March 2016 will shift to the new Act between 2016 and 2019 - see the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) transition timetable to find out when your type of food business has to transition.
You cannot operate a food business until you apply and register for a Food Control Plan or National Programme. If you buy or lease an existing business you can't use the existing plan, you need to register your own.
However, if there is no change to the staff, management or type of business or change to the building, we may be able to transfer the registration. Please contact us on 07 577 7000 for more information.
Before starting a food business, you also need to check if you need a resource consent, planning permission or a building consent. Council’s duty planner can help with this – give us a call on 07 577 7000 for information.
To find out which plan applies to your business see MPI’s Where Do I Fit tool.
Food control plans
The two food control plans are:
- a template food control plan - build your plan from templates supplied by Council or from the MPI website, complete the plan and then register the plan with Council
- a custom food control plan - develop your own plan, then register the plan with MPI.
There are three levels of National programmes that are based on the food safety risk of a business:
- Level 1 - lower risk
- Level 2 - medium risk
- Level 3 - higher risk
National programmes must be registered with Council, or with MPI if you operate in more than one local body’s area. National programme registrations are renewed every two years. More information on the MPI website.
Verification services information
Under the Food Act 2014, some food businesses and community groups are not required to operate under a food control plan or a national programme. For example, you don't need a Food Control Plan or National Programme if you are:
- selling food for fundraising less than 20 times a year. Fundraising activities include sausage sizzles, raffles and charity events
- sharing food with others at sports clubs, social clubs or marae where food is not the purpose of the event. For example, providing nibbles at a bowling club games night or serving food at a tangi.
Last Reviewed: 26/03/2018