Registering a food premises
How to register a food premises
Depending on the scope of your food business, you will need to register to operate under either a Food Control Plan (FCP) or a National Programme (NP).
To find out which plan suits your business see the Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI) website Where do I fit tool.
The two food control plans are:
- template food control plan (template FCPs) - you build your plan from templates supplied by MPI and register with Auckland Council.
- custom food control plans (custom FCPs) - you develop your own plan and register with MPI.
MPI has produced a short guidance booklet to help businesses start using their template food control plan. For more information, see MPI website.
There are three levels of National Programmes, which are based on food safety risk of a business:
- level 3 for higher risk (NP L3).
- level 2 for medium risk (NP L2).
- level 1 for lower risk (NP L1).
National programmes must be registered with Auckland Council. For more information see MPI.
How to apply
Before you register your food premises, check if you need the following:
1. Fill out the application forms
Information sheet for registration of food business (PDF 61KB)
Application for registration of food business (PDF 61KB)
Scope of operations of food business (PDF 179KB)
Physical boundaries & layout (PDF 85KB)
Multi-site business details form (PDF 55KB)
You can also get copies from one of our service centres.
We do not accept incomplete applications. Make sure your application forms are filled out completely.
2. Get all the information together
Read the checklist on the back page of Guide for food premises operators 2016 (PDF 200KB) to make sure you include all documents we need with your application.
3. Calculate your fee
You need to pay a non-refundable fee with your application.
You can pay by:
- cheque if you're posting us your application
- cash, cheque, eftpos, or credit card (MasterCard or Visa) if you're dropping off your application at one of our service centres.
4. Submit your application
Send completed application form, supporting documents and fee to:
Private Bag 92300
Victoria Street West
You can also drop off your application at any of our service centres.
We will process your application and contact you with the decision. If there are any issues, we will let you know.
Food premises inspections or verifications
Food Control Plan
Verification will be carried out by an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) within one month of registration if you are:
- a new food business
- a food business that was exempted from registration under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974
- an existing food business with a change of ownership and registered under FCP.
Verification will be carried out by an EHO within 12 months of registration if you are an existing business which is now transitioning from operating under the Food Hygiene regulations 1974 to FCP.
At present, the council is not approved to complete verifications of National Programmes. The food business must nominate a third party verifier to complete verification.
This must be included on the application for registration. For more information see MPI.
For food premises under National programmes, the verification will be carried out within one month of registration if you are:
- a new food business
- an existing food business with a change of ownership and falls under NP.
Verification will be carried out within six months of registration for NP L3 and one year of registration for NP L2 and L1 if you are an existing business which is now transitioning from operating under the Food Hygiene regulations 1974 to NP.
Taking over an existing food premises
You should contact us and speak to an Environmental Health Officer before you purchase an existing food business that is registered under:
- Food Hygiene Regulations 1974
- Template Food Control Plan or
- National Programme.
Food Control Plans, National Programmes and registration certificates under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 cannot be transferred.
When a new owner takes over an existing food business they will need to apply for a new FCP or NP depending on the scope of their business.
If you are planning to make structural changes to an existing food premises then you need to contact us to speak to a Building Inspector.
For more information see Guide for food premises operators 2016 (PDF 200KB).
Renewing your registration
We will send you a renewal application form before your food premises registration expires.
When you receive it, you must promptly check the details, complete the form and return it to Auckland Council.
Your renewal letter will advise on how you can pay for your registration renewal.
Send the completed form and payment to Auckland Council or visit any of our service centres.
For food businesses under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 include copies of all Food Hygiene Certificates with your application. The number of certificates held by a food premises may affect the grade and registration fee for the following year.
For all other food businesses contact us if you require a replacement form.
Fees and refunds
New fees came into effect on 1 March 2016 and will only apply to premises that register under the new Food Act 2014.
Existing premises that have not transitioned including premises that have registered under FCP prior to 1 March 2016 will continue to pay the existing fees.
For registration and verification fees for new food premises and also for premises that have transitioned to Food Act 2014 see Food registration and licence fees.
We do not refund surrendered registrations, for example if a business closes down.
Contact us for more information.