Registration of Food Premises

All food premises must comply with the Food Act 2014 to ensure safe food production.

An Environmental Health Officer can provide advice and do preliminary inspections at any stage of the development. Guidance can be found in the 2017 Food Control Plan Basics Pack, section 2.

When you are ready to register, you need to provide a copy of your site plan, the scope of operations (pdf, 377.2 KB), and the appropriate registration form (multiple sites (pdf, 310.1 KB) or single site (pdf, 377.2 KB) and submit to Council's Environmental Health Officers for approval. Fees apply. You don't need to provide a copy of your template Food Control Plan when registering. However, the Food Act 2014 requires a business to keep a copy of their plan for as long as their registration is effective.

A new resource is available from Ministry for Primary Industries to help you get started with your template Food Control Plan - Getting started with your template food control plan (pdf, 2.7 MB).

When a National Programme business applies to register with a Council they need to provide a site plan (physical design and layout), the scope of operations (pdf, 377.2 KB), and the appropriate registration form (multiple sites (pdf, 310.1 KB) or single site (pdf, 377.2 KB) and engage a verifier or verification agency and identify them in their application, and submit to Council's Environmental Health Officers for approval. To help you find a verifier, check the Food Safety website.

For a corner dairy that is part of the 'Retailers that handle food (but do not prepare or manufacture food)' sector you would look for an auditor who has the 'Retail Sale of Food' class of operation. An early childhood education service should select a verifier with the ‘eating houses (including takeaways)’ class of operation.