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Food at events

If you are planning to sell food at your event, it is important that you are aware of the changes associated with the Food Act 2014, which came into effect on 1 March 2016. We encourage you to contact our Event Facilitation team in the first instance to discuss the event’s feasibility and to offer advice and guidance on the next steps to take.

Food Act 2014

Transition period

For the next 3 years, until the 28 February 2019, Tauranga City Council will be operating two separate systems for registering food premises. For existing food premises, mobile shops and annual food stalls that were already registered before the 1 March 2016, the Food Hygiene registration that we are all familiar with, will apply until they need to transition. Existing premises will transition to the new system over the next 2 years. They can voluntarily transition early at any time. Any new food premises, mobile shops or commercial food stalls that “start-up” after 1 March 2016 are required to have either a Food Control Plan or a National Programme. You are exempt from the Food Act 2014 if you are wishing to sell food commercially once in a calendar year at an event (e.g. local ethnic fair or market). You must still ensure that the food that you sell is safe and suitable.  

Fundraising or giving away food at events

If you are wishing sell food at your event to fundraise for a charity, cultural, or community group up to and including 20 times per year, you are exempt from any form of food registration under the new Food Act 2014. You are also exempt from the Food Act 2014 if you are giving away food at your event for free. You must still ensure that the food that you sell is safe and suitable.

Food stall licence at markets and events:

A day food stall licence

Application for daily food stall licence (368kb pdf)

Application for daily food stall licence is required for anyone selling any type of food or drinks (excluding self-grown fruit and vegetables) at an event or market who do not have a registered Food Control Plan or National Programme .  Any food cooked or prepared prior to the event must be undertaken in a kitchen that is registered under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 or included in a registered Food Control Plan or National Programme.

New annual licences are no longer available; vendors need to register a Food Control Plan or National Programme.  Those with annual licences prior to 1 of March 2016 are able to renew their licence as usual. However, they need to transition by 31 March 2018. Our Bylaws and Environmental Health Officers do conduct random visits at markets and events to ensure that vendors are licenced.

Mobile shop licences

As of 31 March 2016, mobile shop licences will not be required if the mobile shop is only trading at markets and events – however they will still need a food registration either under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 or a Food Control Plan or National Programme. These licences must be on display.

Important Food References and Links

Food Act 2014
Food Hygiene Regulations 1974
Food Control Plans
National Programme
Ministry for Primary Industries website.

For further information contact our Event Facilitation team:
 
Phone: 07 577 7000
Email: eventbookings@tauranga.govt.nz


Last Reviewed: 19/04/2017