Food Act 2014

Information related to the Food Act 2014, the Food Regulations 2015 and various links to information and resources such as food control plans.

Overview of Changes

Have a look at an overview of the Food Act changes for information from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).  This information will constantly be updated with links to various guidance and resources as it is developed.

Food Control Plans

Find out all you need to know on Food Control Plans or download a Food Control plan to help.

National Programmes

For further information on National Programmes, or to find out about requirements click here.

National Programme businesses must be registered with the Council but verified by a person or agency approved by MPI - to find an approved verifier click here, and choose the type of food operation (operation class) to find a verifier approved for your type of National Programme.

Applying to register a new or existing food business

All new food businesses or businesses changing hands must now operate under the Food Act 2014, this means you will need to register a risk based measure - either a Food Control Plan (FCP) or a National Programme (NP).

Pre-application meetings - Business Start-Up meetings

At the business start-up meetings we aim to help our customers be aware of statutory requirements, council process, options and alternatives and help them navigate their way through any approval processes.

If you are registering a new food business or making changes to an existing business we invite you to come to a business start-up meeting to confidentially discuss your proposal.   At the meeting you will meet with technical officers from the Food and Alcohol Licensing team, Building and Resource consents teams who are there to help give you an overview of requirements.  This meeting may save you time and money later, and there is no fee for a business start-up meeting. 

If you would like to book a business start-up meeting please download the meeting request form and return to, a staff member will then contact you to arrange a time and date for the meeting.

If you do not choose to attend a business start-up meeting then we recommend that you also discuss your proposal with a Resource Consents officer and a Building officer, before lodging your application for registration.

Read our brochure Your Success - Our Business

Application for registration

When applying to register a new food business you must complete an application form and a scope of operations form.  Please note that unless both of these forms are completed in full and the fee is paid we may be unable to progress your application for registration.

If you need help completeing either of these forms or are not sure what sort of food business you should be registering please contact a Food Officer on 0800 486 486 or use the "where do I fit tool",  . 

Please find a SINGLE SITE APPLICATION form here.

Please find a MULTI SITE APPLICATION form here

Please find a link to the  SCOPE OF OPERATIONS form here (note this form must be downloaded from the Ministry of Primary Industries website and completed).

Lodging your application

Once your application for registration is complete you can lodge together with the fee at any of our service centre's.  Our food officers are often out in the field, so if you want some help with your application or want to meet with a food officer please ensure you call first and make an appointment on 0800 486 486.

Transition timetable

From 1 March 2016, the Food Act came fully into force. This means all new food businesses and existing businesses that change hands will need to operate under the new system.  Existing business can transition to the new system over the next two years. 

Unregistered food businesses that should have been registered under the Food Act 1981 can not transition and must register now.

Find out when your food business must transition.


A change from Inspection to Audit (or Verification)

As all businesses transition into the new system, operators will notice a change in the way our officers carry out assessments.  For those operating on a food control plan (FCP), the assessment or verification is likely to take longer than an inspection used to and the operator and the staff will be asked to demonstrate (through actions and records) that they understand and are complying with legislation and are doing what they say they will do in the FCP.

For more information on the difference between an inspection and an audit click here.