The Food Act 2014 (The Act) 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.
Find out the food safety rules you need to follow when making or selling food.
Your business will be one of the following:
All food sold or traded must be safe and suitable.
Please ensure your premises meets building and planning requirements before lodging your food registration application form.
Complete the application form and scope of operations
Payment fee of $180 must accompany your registration application
Your application will be processed and once it has been approved we will then issue a Registration Certificate for your food business. This will be sent to you via email or post.
Within six weeks of registering your food business, an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time to carry out initial verification.
To ensure food safety in the Far North District is of a high standard, Councils Food Verification Agency (FVA) is committed to providing high quality food verification services to customers with integrity, manaakitanga and professionalism and in accordance with the Food Act 2014; Food Regulations 2015 and any other relevant legislation. Here is a link to the Councils FVA “Quality Assurance Policy”.
After the verification has taken place you will be sent an invoice for the verification. The fee for verification is $515.
National Programme businesses may choose either an independent verifier or Council's verifier to carry out an audit. Either way, you still need to register.
If you use an independant verifier, please ensure you provide a copy of your contract agreement.
Food Control Plans are renewed annually, National Programmes bi-annually. We will send you an invoice to renew your registration which must be paid before your registration expiry date. Should your registration lapse, you will be required to re-register.
You will receive your renewed Registration Certificate once payment has been received.
You can find out due date for next verification from your EHO or your verification report. You will be invoiced once the verification has been completed.
If you require a re-visit, there may be extra fees. Fees include travel time and administration costs.
If your EHO finds problems with your food safety, you will be verified more frequently.
Far North District Council
Attention: Environmental Health Services
Private Bag 752, Memorial Ave
Your application can be dropped off to any Council Office or Service Centre.
Your application can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are selling food to raise funds, or for charity, it must be safe and suitable. That means, it must be safe to eat - no one should get sick from eating your food.
Under the Act:
You don't have to register if you are selling food:
You do have to register if you are:
If you are making any structural changes to the existing building, you may require a Building Consent.
Please discuss this with a Building Officer by calling free phone 0800 920 029.
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.
If you have brought food in the Far North District and:
You can call us on 0800 920 029 to discuss your experience and make a complaint. Alternatively, you can contact the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) MPI Making a Food Complaint .
Food Act 2014
Food Regulations 2015