Food

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
  • national programme.

To find out which plan suits your business see the Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI) Where do I fit tool.

Food control plan

The two food control plans are:

  • template food control plan - build your plan from templates supplied by MPI, then register with Auckland Council.
  • custom food control plans - develop your own plan, then register with MPI.

For more information, see the MPI guide to using their template food control plan.

National programme

There are three levels of national programmes, which are based on the 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 the national programmes on the MPI website.


How to apply

Before you register your food premises, check if you need any of the following:

1. 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.

2. 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 and layout (PDF 85KB)

Multi-site business details form (PDF 55KB)

You can also get copies from any of our service centres.

Make sure the application forms are filled out completely.

3. Pay the fee and submit your application

You can drop off your application at any of our service centres and pay by cash, cheque, eftpos, MasterCard or Visa.

If posting your application, include a cheque. Post to:

Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

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 your business is:

  • a new food business
  • a food business that was exempt from registration under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974
  • an existing food business changing owner and registered under FCP.

If your business is an existing business which is changing from operating under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 to food control plan, an EHO will carry out verification within 12 months of registration.

National programmes

At the moment, we are not approved to complete verifications of national programmes.

You will need to nominate a third party verifier to complete the verification. Details must be included on your application. For more information see national programmes on the MPI website.


Taking over an existing food premises

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
  • national programme.

These cannot be transferred. A new owner that takes over an existing food business will need to apply for a new food control plan or national programme.

If you are planning to make structural changes to an existing food premises, contact us and 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 registration expires.

The renewal letter will tell you how you can pay for your registration renewal.

  • You can drop off your application at any of our service centres and pay by cash, cheque, eftpos, MasterCard or Visa.
  • If posting your application, include a cheque. Post to:
  • Auckland Council
    Private Bag 92300
    Victoria Street West
    Auckland 1142

For food businesses under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 include copies of all Food Hygiene Certificates with your renewal application. The number of certificates held by a food premises may affect the grade and registration fee for the following year.

Contact us if you need a replacement renewal form.


Fees and refunds

The new fees that came into effect on 1 March 2016 only apply to premises that are registered under the new Food Act 2014.

Existing premises that have not transitioned, including premises that have registered under food control plan before 1 March 2016, will pay the existing fees.

For registration and verification fees of new food premises, and 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).

For more information contact us.

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