Food and Environmental Health Licensing

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The Food Act 2014 is now operative and came into force on 1 March 2016.  

New food plans make law easier for businesses.

The government is proposing changes to improve the written plans that it provides for businesses to manage food safety. A consultation, released today,(09/02/17) calls on food businesses to decide if the new version is easier to use.

The plans – called template food control plans – are used by businesses like restaurants, cafes and delis to comply with the Food Act.

"Since the law came into effect last year, we’ve been asking for feedback from food businesses. The new plans are based on what businesses have told us would work better for them,” say Sally Johnston, food and beverage manager at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). 

"The new plans don’t change the rules. But they are shorter, simpler and easier to get to grips with.”

The Food Act takes a risk-based approach to managing food safety, introducing different rules for different businesses depending on what they do. Higher-risk food businesses must use a food control plan. Plans set out what businesses will do to keep food safe and suitable.

Template food control plans are designed for food service businesses like restaurants, cafes and caterers, and food retailers like delis, butchers, fishmongers and bakeries. They are also for other organisations that make and serve food, like rest homes and schools. These templates mean businesses don't need to write their own plan from scratch.

Check the consultation and have your say 

Deadlines looming

The deadline for some businesses to register under the Food Act is coming up. The law came into effect on 1 March 2016 but existing businesses are moving to the new rules in stages. Some businesses, including licensed restaurants and cafes, need to apply by the end of March (31 March 2017).

MPI hopes to release the new-look food control plan by the start of March. It will be released alongside the existing version. Businesses will be able to choose which one they use. 

Food Act 2014

The Food Act 2014 applies to all new businesses from 01/03/2016.

If you are considering starting a food business in the Hurunui in new or existing premises you may want to view our general advice leaflet.

Existing businesses will transition between 2016 and 2019 depending on this timetable.

To assist business owners, the Ministry of Primary Industries has developed an online tool, called “Where do I fit?” It will help you understand what rules you need to follow under the new Food Act 2014

Use the Where do I fit? tool

Food Control Plan (FCP) information and template FCP steps

National Programme (NP) information and NP1 steps, NP2 steps and NP3 steps.

Now you know where you fit, you can find application forms and other links below.

Application Form for Food Act 2014  - one site

Scope of Operations

Templates for Food Control Plans

Have a look at some of these case studies to see what other businesses have been doing or feel free to - contact us   

How do businesses renew their FCP registration?

It's nearly a year since the new Food Act came into effect! That means the date for some businesses to renew their registration is also coming up. Here’s some information that might help: 

1. The Act only allows businesses to renew their registration while it is current. That could create additional expense for businesses if they wait until their registration has expired and then have to submit a new application.

2. The Operator should confirm, as a minimum, that these details are accurate/up-to-date:

We at the Council will do our best to remind you that your business is coming up for renewal in good time, so you can confirm all this and pay before the expiry date.


Hairdressers, Camping Grounds and Offensive Trades.

Certificates of registration expire on the 30th of June each year.

Premises are registered and inspected Annually.  At the beginning of June each year, businesses that have a current licence with Council will be forwarded a renewal form.

Stands and Stalls, Mobile Shops, Hawkers or Itinerant Traders.

Application for Mobile Shops/Hawkers/Itinerant Traders 

 Public Places ByLaw

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