If you are planning on selling food, you will need a Food Act Registration. A registration sets out the steps for food businesses to follow to make kai that is safe to eat.
Businesses making or selling higher-risk foods are more likely to register under a food control plan.
The Food Act 2014 (The Act) requires all businesses selling food to register, unless they fit into a small group of exemptions. We ensure that businesses follow the Food Act 2014.
Types of Food Act Registrations
There are a range of different types registrations, this depends on the type of food you are serving and how it is prepared.
Your business will be in one of the following categories:
- 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.
This is to ensure all food sold or traded must be safe and suitable for people to eat. Our team will help you through the process, let you know the cost and you will develop a food control plan that best suits your business. Related fees are listed on Food premises fee page:
Food premises fees
Do you need to register?
Here are some questions to consider:
- Are you selling food? If yes – you need a registration, if no then you don’t.
- Are you fundraising? See information on bottom of this page, under Fundraising and sausage sizzle.
- Are you a school? Guidance on Schools - What does the Food Act mean for me? (mpi.govt.nz)
- Are you a home baker? Yes, you will need a food control plan.
- Are you a hairdresser? If you are not selling food, then you don’t need a food control plan.
If you want to sell and make food, it is a requirement in the Food Act (2014) to have a Registration. Here are some examples of how it works for businesses:
Food Act case studies - NZ Government (mpi.govt.nz)
When you don’t need to register
Some small-scale businesses that handle food don't need to register. These include:
- if you are fundraising and sell food fewer than 20 times a year (for example, sausage sizzles and charity fundraisers)
- some ECE providers who provide food for children in their care, that prepare the food as part of the curriculum
- small accommodation providers, or accommodation providers who only provide breakfast or snacks
- clubs, organisations and societies who sometimes sell food at member events.
Exemptions from plans or programmes – MPI
Registration, verification and fees