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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Food Premises

When opening your own food business, it is important to know and understand the required standards and application procedures. Council provides information and guidelines to help businesses meet these standards.​

How to apply

Apply for registration of a food premises using the Application for registration under the Food Act 2014 form (PDF, 1.35MB).

If any of your registration details change, notify us by completing the ​Application to amend, cancel or suspend a food control plan form (PDF, 712KB).

Change of ownership

If you are purchasing an existing business, you’ll need to apply for your own certificate of registration. Transfer of registration is no longer available.

Legal requirements

Food premises, whether fixed or permanent, are required to comply with the Food Act 2014.

Once an application form and the required payment is received, you will receive a certificate of registration within 20 working days.  Please note you are not permitted to trade until you receive your certificate of registration.

If you operate under a Template Food Control Plan, a verification will be carried out after 1 month to ensure compliance with your Food Control Plan. 

If you operate under a National Programme, you must organise your own verification within 1 month of registration. 

Find full information here: Ministry for Primary Industries - Food Safety.

Mobile Traders

A mobile shop is a vehicle from which goods or services are offered or sold. Mobile shops selling food must meet the requirements of any relevant food laws and be registered under the Food Act 2014. ​

No person can engage in trading in any public place without first obtaining a licence from the Council.

Mobile traders must adhere to the Opotiki District Council Trading in Pub​lic Places Bylaw 2008 (PDF 400KB).

To apply for a licence, complete the Application for Mobile Trader (PDF, 755KB) and pay the required fee. Details can be found in our Fees and Charges Schedule​​ (PDF, 551KB).

Hawkers and Itinerant Traders

A hawker is a person who sells goods door to door​.

No person can engage in trading in any public place without first obtaining a licence from the Council.

Hawkers and itinerant traders must adhere to the Opotiki District Council Trading in Public P​laces Bylaw 2008​ (PDF, 400KB).

To apply for a registration certificate, complete the Application for Hawkers and Itinerant Traders​ (PDF, 992KB)​ and pay the required fee.  Details can be found in our Fees and Charges Schedule​​​ (PDF, 551KB).

How to arrange contact with our Environmental Health team

The Council encourages you to seek feedback and request further advice at an early stage.

By phone or email

If you would like a member of the team to call or email you to discuss your enquiry, phone us on (07) 315 3030 to lodge a call or email return request or click here to use our request a call or email return online form.

In person

If you'd like to come in and meet with a member of the team, call us on (07) 315 3030 to lodge an appointment request or click here to use our request an appointment online form.

How long will it take us to respond?

We have set a service standard of 5 days to call or email you back to either discuss your enquiry or set an appointment date and time. We have a service standard of 10 working days to meet with with you.

If your request is urgent, please note this on the form and we will do our best to respond as quickly as we can. Please note we are a small team and this is not always possible. Any change to our service timeframes is at the discretion of the Planning and Regulatory Manager.​

​​​​​​​Application forms

Food Premises

Application for registration under the Food Act 2014 (PDF, 1.35MB).

Application to amend, cancel or suspend a food control plan (PDF, 712KB).

Mobile Traders and Hawkers

Application for Mobile Trader (PDF, 755KB)

Application for Hawkers and Itinerant Traders (PDF, 992KB​)

Street Stalls

Please note that you will need to get the approval of the shop owner outside of which you would like to hold your stall.

Under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, a stall can only be held on a restricted trading day if it is selling "prepared or cooked food ready to be eaten immediately". Any other activity (e.g. selling raffle tickets, promoting services) is prohibited unless the stall is part of a bona fide exhibition or show.

These restrictions apply on Easter Sunday unless you act in accordance with ODC's Local Easter Sunday Shop Trading Policy and the requirements of the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990.

We'll let you know if your application is approved or declined.  If your application is approved, we'll email you a signed copy of the completed form.​

Application for Street Stall licence (PDF, 401KB)​ or APPLY ONLINE NOW

Guides

Where do I fit? tool​ - online guide to find out how the Food Act 2014 applies to your business

Safe food stalls guide​ (PDF, 148KB)

Food safety tips for event organisers guide​ (PDF, 495KB)

Hot tips for a safe and successful sausage sizzle guide​ (PDF, 426KB)

Environmentally friendly events guide​ (PDF, 58KB)​

​Overview of Food Act 2014​​​​​​​​

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016. It applies to all businesses that make, sell, grow or transport food commercially. It also applies to businesses that serve food, like school canteens or clubs.

The Food Act 2014 applies to all new food businesses and suppliers. There is a three year transition period for existing businesses, ending on 28 February 2019.

The central feature of the Food Act is a sliding scale where businesses that are higher risk from a food safety point of view operate under more stringent food safety requirements and checks than lower risk food businesses.

Higher-risk food businesses – for example those that prepare and sell meals or sell raw meat or seafood – operate under a written food control plan (FCP). In the FCP, businesses identify food safety risks and steps they need to take to manage these risks. The FCP can be based on a template or business owners can develop their own to suit their individual business.

Businesses that produce or sell low to medium risk foods – like non-alcoholic beverages – come under national programmes. There are three levels of national programmes, based on the level of food safety risk.

Businesses under national programmes don’t have to register a written plan but do have to make sure they are following the requirements for producing safe food set out in regulations. This includes registering their business details, keeping minimal records and having periodic checks. 

The Food Act provides a clear exemption to allow Kiwi traditions like fundraising sausage sizzles or home baking at school fairs to take place. The only rule is that food that is sold must be safe.

Growing food for personal use, sharing it with others, ‘bring a plate’ to a club committee meeting, or providing lunch for a visiting sports team or social group, is outside the scope of the Food Act. The Act only covers food that is sold or traded.

To implement the Food Act and support the regulations, MPI has developed a package of materials, including:

  • a food control plan development manual to assist food businesses to develop a custom food control plan
  • food control plan templates for food retail and food service activities
  • guidance for food businesses operating under national programmes
  • guidance for food sectors that are exempt from having to operate under a national programme or food control plan
  • guidance for verifiers and evaluators of food businesses operating under the new food safety regime.​

Visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website to find out more about the Food Act and what it means for you.

http://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-act-2014/

http://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-act-2014/food-control-plans/steps-to-a-template-food-control-plan/

http://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety/food-act-2014/national-programmes/

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