If you operate a business that makes, serves, sells or transports food you may need to register with NPDC. Our environmental health team will check your business to make sure you are meeting the requirements of your plan or programme and making food that is safe and suitable to eat.
There are different plans and programmes depending on the type of business you run. The easiest way to work out the type of plan you need to use is to work your way through the My Food Rules tool on the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) website.
Many food businesses are registered under a food control plan or a national programme. Find out which one is right for your business by using My Food Rules. There is more information on food control plans and national programmes below. If your business is operating under a template food control plan or is in a national programme you can register with us. If you have a custom food control plan you will need to register with MPI.
Food control plans are used by businesses making or selling higher-risk food. Having a plan helps make sure the food you make is safe and that any risks are identified and managed. MPI has put together a range of food control plan templates that businesses can use. If you use a food control plan template you can register it with NPDC. If you prefer to create a custom food control plan you will need to register with MPI. To find out the type of food plan best suited to your business use the My Food Rules tool.
National programmes are used by medium to low risk food businesses. You have to register your business, meet food safety standards and get checked regularly. There are three levels within the national programmes, to find out which rules apply to you check the My Food Rules tool. Businesses operating under a national programme can register with and be checked (verified) by NPDC. You can also choose to be verified by another recognised agency or person.
For more information on the national programmes check out National Programmes on the MPI website.
To register with NPDC under a template food control plan or national programme you will need to:
Six weeks after you register with NPDC one of our verifiers will come and check your business. It is a good idea to register your business close to your opening date, this means you will be up running with your regular processes in place when we come and check that all food safety practices are in place.
We will come and check that you are continuing to comply with all Food Safety requirements at regular intervals, depending on the type of business you run.
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.
Contact us for more information.
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 cannot be sold until a separate licence has been obtained.
This act prohibits any person to 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, verandas, gardens and open-sided gazebos are not considered "indoors" so the smoke-free provisions do not apply. In this instance, proprietors may choose to allow people to smoke in these areas.
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