Food Safety Rules & Registration
Applying to open a food business
Once you are ready to open your new food business or mobile shop, please submit your application for registration and your scope document to either the Kaikōura District Council office or to Food and Health Standards via email to email@example.com . If you have more than one site/premises in the Kaikōura District, it is possible that you can register them as one multi-site FCP or NP. Please complete the multi-site application form. You must be registered before you are able to sell food.
There are two types of registration, a Food Control Plan or a National Programme. Please click on the link below to find out which programme applies to your business then click on the form.
|Single Site Food Control Plan Form||Download here|
|Single Site National Programme form||Download here|
|Multi-Site Registration Form||Download here|
|Food Control Plan Scope of Operations||Download here|
- If you are applying for a National Programme (NP) registration, you can choose your verifier. You will need a confirming letter from your verifier to attach to your application. A list of recognised verification (or audit) agencies can be found on the MPI website, under ‘registers and lists’. The law requires Councils to verify businesses registered under the template food control plan.
- If your business is registered as a limited liability company, a copy of the company registration certificate will also be required. See www.companies.govt.nz
- You will need to make sure that you can confirm that the operator of the food business(es) is resident in New Zealand within the meaning of section YD 1 or YD 2 (excluding section YD 2(2)) of the Income Tax Act 2007.
- Details for payment of your application fee will be invoiced accordingly.
The Kaikōura District Council contract Environmental Services to Food and Health Standards (2006) Ltd. Food and Health are the primary contact for food related matters including; complaints, registration, verifications and assistance.
Address: Food and Health Standards, Po Box 7469, Christchurch 8240. Phone: 03 365 1667 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Premise Fees under the Food Act 2014
Cost (GST inc)
Food Control Plan – single site
Food Control Plan – multi-site
Assistance over 1hr
$176.00 per hour plus mileage
12-month renewal of FCP- One site
12-month renewal of FCP- Multisite
24-month renewal NP
Food Control Plan- single site (closure out up to 15 minutes)
$682.00 + travel
Food Control Plan- multi site (closure out up to 15 minutes)
$682.00 + hourly rate if close out takes > 15min
FCP close out over 15 minutes
$176.00 + travel
Mobile Food Premises (Food Trucks) in Kaikoura
- For advice on operating a mobile food premise, please contact: For information on legislative requirements regarding mobile shops and Market/Event stall applications please see the My Food Safety Rules website for the food rules that apply to your business. If you have further questions please contact our Environmental Health Officers.
- You can find information and applications on our Public Places Bylaw here. A food truck operator needs to comply with the Public Places Bylaw and any other legislation. You should apply for a public place trader licence if you wish to trade in a public place or street that is under council control. For advice on public place trading contact our planning team on email@example.com.
Temporary Food Stalls and Fundraising
The Food Act 2014 allows a person/group to trade in food for the sole purpose of raising money for a charitable, benevolent, philanthropic, or cultural purpose up to 20 times a year. These activities are exempt from registration.
Food for sale needs to be safe and suitable and all food must be sourced from a registered supplier.
The most common methods of selling food for fundraising are sausage sizzles, cake or confectionery stalls. These do not require registration under the Food Act 2014, but you must still prepare and handle the food in a safe and hygienic manner.
- Your stall and any equipment used must be clean and well maintained.
- Food must be stored, prepared, transported and displayed in an appropriate manner so it stays safe for eating.
- Ideally, have a different person for each task - handling money, cooking etc.
Food trading once a year
There is an allowance to enable people to trade in food once per calendar year who do not ordinarily trade in food. Examples of this include: a family with a food stall at an annual cultural festival or food provided at a home garage sale.
- For further guidance and information, visit the MPI website
- A Public Trading bylaw applies within the Kaikoura District, contact us for more information
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What to do if you suspect you have food poisoning
The food responsible for the illness could have been consumed hours or weeks earlier. Most people will simply experience an inconvenience, but food poisoning can be dangerous, particularly among the very young, very old, pregnant women, and people already suffering from other illnesses.
If you think you have food poisoning contact your own doctor first - especially if you think you need medication to relieve the symptoms.
If you want to take the complaint further contact Food and Health to discuss the situation. A faecal sample may be requested to confirm the presence of food poisoning organisms and to identify which type of infection you have.
The Kaikoura District Council contract Environmental Services to Food and Health Standards (2006) Ltd. Food and Health are the primary contract for food related matters including; complaints, registration, verifications and assistance.
Address: Food and Health Standards, Po Box 7469, Christchurch 8240
Phone: 03 365 1667