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Food Premises and Licensing

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This page contains information about the registration of food premises, verification and food premises grading.
Updated: 21/06/2019 2:26 p.m.

The Food Act 2014 (The Act) came into force on 1 March 2016.  This requires all businesses selling food to register (unless they fit into a small group of exemptions).

The Act is a risk based system of food safety controls, any food sold or traded must be safe and suitable.

The Act no longer has strict requirements on how your kitchen must be laid out.

Starting a new food business

New businesses need to register under the Food Act 2014. 

Complete the application form below and send a copy of the following to Environmental Health:

  • the form,
  • the completed scope of operations,
  • and a floor plan for your kitchen.

Application for registration of a food business [711kb]

Scope of Operations of food business [685kb]

Please show plans of any building changes you want to make to your Environmental Health Officer (EHO) before you start any building works.

Your plans may also need Building Consents or Resource Consent Land Use.

If you are not the property owner, you must get written consent from the person who owns the property.  They must confirm that they have given permission for you to operate a food business from this premises.

Taking over an existing food business

If you are taking over an existing food business, you need to apply for the business to be registered to you before the takeover date. 

Use the application for registration of a food business form. 

Application for registration of a food business [711kb]

Unless you plan to change the layout, you will not need a Building Consent or Resource Consent (unless you are going to apply for a liquor licence when certificates are needed).

What does the Food Act mean to me?

Your business will either be:

  • Template Food Control Plan - people who manufacture and prepare food
  • National Programme 3, e.g. a dairy that scoops ice cream and bags lollies
  • National Programme 2, e.g. a manufacturer of low risk food (ice, sauces, spreads)
  • National Programme 1, e.g. coffee carts
  • Custom Food Control Plan - you must register with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) not Council.

Food Control Plan - Create your Simply Safe and Suitable Template (Ministry of Primary Industries)

National Programmes - Create your National Programme Guidance tool (Ministry of Primary Industries)

Where do I fit? (Ministry of Primary Industries) 

How does Council check my business under the Food Act?

You pay a registration fee and pay a separate fee to be inspected or ‘verified’.

How often you register and are verified, depends on the food you sell and how well you manage food safety.

National Programme businesses may choose an independent verifier if they do not choose to use Council’s verifier to carry out the inspection. You still need to register.  

Most businesses need to register with Council, but some businesses will need to register directly with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

When you apply for registration, you will need to provide all the information required.  The fee must be paid before your registration can be completed.

Whangarei District Council is able to carry out verification of National Programmes.

If you choose us as your National Programme verifier, complete the form below and submit with your application.

National Programme Verifier Agreement Form [209kb]

Fees for checks

Verification or 'auditing' for Food Control Plans is a a flat rate fee. 

Typically, National Programme verifications are shorter and you will be charged by the hour for this.  

If you require a revisit, there may be extra charges. Fees include travel time and administration.  

If your Environmental Health Officer finds problems with your food safety, you will be "verified" more frequently. 

You can see more about the fees on the Fees and Charges page.

Food stalls​

If you want to sell food from a stall (not as part of an organised market), you will also need to talk to Council about getting a licence to trade in a public space. 

Follow the link below for more information.

Making a food complaint

If you have bought food in Whangarei District and 

  • you found something in your food that should not be there
  • you believe it has made you sick
  • you believe it caused you to have an allergic reaction

contact Environmental Health on the number below.

Contact us

Call +64 9 430 4200 and ask for Environmental Health. 


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