Food Premise Registration |
Registered Food Premises |
Complaints About Food Premises |
Hygiene Standards For Food Premises |
Personal Hygiene |
Dealing With Pests |
Cleaning Schedule |
Cleaning Cloths |
Temperature Control |
Food Control Plan
Any premises used for the manufacture, preparation or storage of food for sale must be registered with us and cannot open until registration is complete. This includes restaurants, cafes, bakeries, dairies, supermarkets, etc. All food for sale in these premises must also be made in registered premises - food cannot be produced in a home kitchen for sale.To receive a certificate of registration the premise must comply with the standards and requirements under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974. All copies of legislation can be obtained from Bennett’s Government Bookshop.The certificate of registration needs to be displayed in a public part of the premises.New premises must also have a code compliance certificate as required under the Building Act 2004 and meet all other legislation requirements before final approval can be given. You are encouraged to apply for a PIM (project information memorandum) early on in your planning to establish the feasibility and design of the project.
The Food Act 2014 is replacing current legislation (Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 and Food Act 1981) and comes into force on 1 March 2016. The act introduces three food sector classifications based on the level of risk that their activities pose to public health -
Under the new act there will be different rules for different businesses, depending on what they make or sell, and to who. Existing businesses will be given a three-year transition period to move to the new rules. Find out how it applies to your business -
In addition to our Environmental Health Team, you can also work with our planning and building consents teams to ensure you meet all the relevant health and building regulations.
The Planning Team can offer advice on our District Plan and information on parking requirements, advertising and likely future patterns of development in that area.
Building Consent Officers can help with construction requirements, change of use conditions, grease traps, plumbing and drainage, egress, number of sanitary fixtures and access for disabled people. A building consent will be required for any work done.
The Environmental Health Officers can provide information on health requirements, inspections and the issue of registration to sell food.
After making an application for registration, and nearer to the proposed opening date, the Environmental Health Officer must be contacted to arrange a final evaluation of the premises to check that work has been completed in accordance with the approved plans. Work requiring a building consent requires a code compliance certificate. This must be available before the Environmental Health Officer’s visit.
Provided the premise has been completed in accordance with the approved plans, and the certificate of registration is issued, you can open for business.
It is an offence to operate the premise prior to the issue of a certificate of registration.
Once the premises are registered ongoing checks will be carried out by Environmental Health Officers to ensure safe food, conduct and structural requirements are maintained. Officers may arrive at any reasonable time (Section 128 of the Health Act 1956) and are not obliged to make an appointment prior to the visit. This means you can expect a visit any time while you are operating.
Your registration must be renewed every year. The registration period runs from 1 July to 30 June.
If you intend to operate as a wholesale outlet or food manufacturer you will also need to contact the Ministry of Primary Industries on 0800 0083 33 or email email@example.com. They will advise you on the standards for composition, labelling, ingredients, preservative and packaging requirements.Return to top
If you intend to sell alcohol on your premises or have patrons bring alcohol for consumption on the premises while dining, you will need to apply for the appropriate licence as a requirement of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Alcohol can not be sold until a separate licence has been obtained for this purpose.
As of 10 December 2004 no person may smoke in the indoor area of a hospitality venue. This includes indoor workplaces, restaurants, cafes, eateries, casinos or gaming machine rooms and licensed premises. An indoor area is enclosed by walls, sides, screens or similar surfaces (including closable openings such as windows and doors) and an overhead surface such as a ceiling. Open decks, verandahs, gardens and open-sided gazebos are not considered "indoors" sot he smoke-free provisions do not apply. In this instance, proprietors may choose to allow people to smoke in these areas.