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Mobile shops

Mobile shops selling food and beverages in Tauranga must have either a registration under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 or have a registered Food Control Plan or National Programme. You will also need a Mobile Shop Licence if you intend to trade in a Public Place that is not part of an organised market or event. 

You do not need a Mobile Shop Licence if you have a mobile shop and only trade at markets and events.

Council will monitor activities in public places regularly to ensure licence conditions are complied with.

Information for new mobile shops that sell food and beverages (after 1st March 2016)

New mobile shops will need to register a Food Control Plan or National Programme under the new Food Act 2014. Food Control Plans allow the business to use a domestic kitchen to cook and prepare food. For more information on Food Control Plans or National Programmes please visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website, Where Do I Fit 

Information for existing mobile shops that sell food and beverages (prior to 1st March 2016)

Holders of mobile shop licences are able to renew their licence until they are required to transition onto the new regulations. See when you need to transition here.

Mobile Shop trading in Mount Maunganui

Mobile Trading

Mobile Shop Trading Areas in Mount Maunganui (360kb pdf)

Marine Parade 

The conditions for operating on Marine Parade vary depending on the time of year and the location along the road. However there is no trading allowed at any time on Marine Parade between Adams Avenue to Grace Avenue, and between Pacific Avenue to Banks Avenue. 

Mobile vendors wishing to use power can apply to Council on a first come, first serve basis.

Power Box Booking Form (85kb pdf)

Commercial food stalls 

The new Food Act 2014 came into force on the 1st of March 2016 which has an impact on all food businesses including commercial food stalls.

Information for new commercial food stalls (after 1st March 2016)

New commercial food stalls will need to register a Food Control Plan or National Programme under the new Food Act 2014. Food Control Plans allow the business to use a domestic kitchen to cook and prepare food and also to sell at markets and events. For more information on Food Control Plans or National Programmes please visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website, Where Do I Fit 

There are some exemptions from having to register a plan or programme. These exemptions include growers selling unprocessed, home-grown fruit and vegetables directly to customers, people who sell only pre-packaged foods that don’t need refrigeration or freezing and those that sell food once in a calendar year. However you still need to make sure the food you sell is safe and suitable to eat. Information on safe and suitable food can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Information for existing commercial food stalls (prior to 1st March 2016)

Holders of Annual Food Stall licences are able to renew their licence until they are required to transition onto the new regulations. 

See when you need to transition

Fundraising

You do not 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. You still need to make sure the food you sell is safe and suitable to eat. Information on safe and suitable food can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.  

Ministry for Primary Industries

Domestic kitchens may be used to prepare and cook food for fundraising.

You only need to advise Tauranga City Council of the location of the fundraising by completing the Permit to conduct and activity in a public place application. There is no charge for this activity.

Fruit and vegetables

You can sell fruit and vegetables grown on your own property, at markets and events without needing to operate under a Food Control Plan or a National Programme. If you wish to sell your produce from the roadside, you will need a mobile shop licence. 
 
People who purchase fruit and vegetables from growers and wholesalers to then on-sell (i.e. do not grow them on their own property) are required to register a Food Control Plan or National Programme. Existing business prior to March 1st 2016 will eventually need to transition to the new Food Act 2014. 

See when you need to transition
 
The sale of food at flea markets, craft markets and other such venues will be monitored by Council officers on a regular basis. 
 
Those found to be breaching the regulations will be required to cease trading, and if the breaches continue, legal proceedings may be instigated against the operator


Last Reviewed: 20/10/2016