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 Act enhances food safety

The Food Act 2014 helps make sure that food sold throughout New Zealand is safe.

A central feature of the new Act is a sliding scale where businesses that are higher risk, from a food safety point of view, will operate under more stringent food safety requirements and checks than lower-risk food businesses. This means that a corner dairy operator who reheats meat pies won't be treated in the same way as the meat pie manufacturer.

The new Act promotes food safety by focusing on the processes of food production, not the premises where food is made.  For example, someone who makes and sells food from a food truck must follow the same rules as someone who makes and sells food at a restaurant. 

The Act brings in new food safety measures:

When you need to register under the Food Act

Anyone starting a new business must register under the Food Act 2014 before they start selling food. 

Existing businesses (operating before 1 March 2016) will shift to the new Act between 2016 and 2019. Check the timetable to find out when your type of food business has to transition.

If you're operating under a food safety programme (FSP) or a VIP template food safety programme, you can continue to use the same programme – for now.

Your FSP is deemed to be a food control plan (FCP) only until 28 February 2019. After that, you'll have to meet the new Food Act requirements.

Registration takes time. So you don't get stuck without a registered plan, start planning early and make sure you apply to register your business before 30 November 2018. 

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.

Guidance documents available

National Programme 1 guidance

National Programme 2 guidance

National Programme 3 guidance

Application Form for Food Act 2014  

Scope of Operations to be completed and handed in with application

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 over 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.

Other Licences:

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.

Application for - Hairdressers, Camping Grounds and Offensive Trade.

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

Application for - Mobile Shops/Hawkers/Itinerant Traders 

Public Places ByLaw  - Please read this for information on 'trading' in the Hurunui

Licensing Team:

Environmental Health Officers:

Eric Donald - Phone 03 314 9181 / 027 500 2562

Dianne Morrison - Phone 03 314 0051 / 027 645 1416

Administration Officers:

Kelly Marchant - Phone 03 314 8816 / 027 528 6975

Suzie Hodgson - Phone03 314 0017