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.

Please note: Businesses using the December 2015 template need to update to either the new Food Service and Food Retail March 2017 template, or the Simply Safe and Suitable template, by their next registration.

For businesses that operate on a December 2015 template, moving to the new March 2017 plan will involve minimal change.  

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. Complete an application form and make payment

You can apply online or in person.

Apply and pay online - Food Control Plan

You will need to login to complete an online application form.

You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or Account2Account (bank transfer).

Apply and pay in person - Food Control Plan and National Programme

Download and fill in the below application forms:

Application for registration of food business (PDF 593KB)

Scope of Operations for Food Business (PDF 108KB)

Multi-site business details form (PDF 55KB)

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

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

If your business is registered for a National Programme you have a choice of verification agency.

Auckland Council can verify the following sectors:

  • Retailers that handle food (but do not prepare or manufacture food) e.g. Dairy, service stations, convenient stores  or eating establishment that reheats food only.
  • Bakeries that prepare or manufacture bread or bread products only.
  • Food service provided to pre-school children (including children under 5 years of age) in a centre-based service setting.
  • Retailers of manufacturer-packaged chilled or frozen food (excluding ice cream, iced confectionery, and iced desserts) e.g.  Dairy.
  • Retailers of hot beverages and shelf-stable manufacturer-packaged foods only e.g. coffee cart.
  • Retailers of manufacturer-packaged ice cream or iced confectionery e.g. Dairy, or mobile food vehicle sells manufacturer-packaged ice-cream/iced confectionery.

Agencies other than Auckland Council can be found 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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