Running a home-based food business
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What you need to run a home-based food business
If you want to prepare food for customers at home, there are several factors to think about.
Your site and equipment
- If you are renting the property, do you have the landlord's permission to operate a business from the site?
- Do you need to apply for a resource consent? To find out, call us on 09 301 0101 and ask for the planning helpdesk.
- Do you need to apply for a building consent? To find out, call us on 09 301 0101 and ask for the building helpdesk.
- Will your kitchen equipment and storage facilities be suitable for doing the things you plan to do?
Is there a place to wash your hands before you start preparing food?
Preparation and storage of food
- Is there enough space in your fridge and in your pantry to properly store the amount of food you plan to make?
- How will you keep family food separate from commercial food?
- How will you store ingredients containing allergens separate from allergen-free food for sale?
- How will you ensure that other activities at home will not compromise when commercial food is being prepared?
- How will you transport the food safely?
Keeping food safe
- Do you know enough to make sure the food you sell is safe?
- Will everyone working at the business know how to handle the food safely?
- How will you operate when there are sick family members at home?
Inspections of home-based businesses
- As with any local food business operating from a commercial premises, an Environmental Health Officer or verifier will need to visit your home regularly to check you are following your
food control plan or
- Details of your home-based business will be placed on the public register of food businesses.