Food Businesses

Most food businesses need to be registered with the Council, for example restaurants, cafés, pubs, takeaways, and dairies. 

If you want to open a new food business, or purchase an existing food business you need to get in touch with Council’s environmental health team

Read detailed information about food safety laws here (external link)

 

Application forms

Download an application to register your business (one site) [PDF, 203 KB]

Application for a new business and businesses transferring from Food Hygiene approval 

Download an application to register your business (multiple sites) [PDF, 32 KB]

If you are applying for approval to operate more than one business, then you must complete a multi-site form and provide all relevant details for each of your sites.

Download a scope of operations form for your business (external link)

You need to tell us exactly what your business does, by filling out a scope of operations form. This form includes:

  • the Food Act sectors you operate in - for example retail, food service, or manufacturing
  • your products - the type of food you make or sell
  • your processes - how you make your food, i.e. is it reheated, fermented or sterilised
  • trading operations - how and where you sell your products

On the form, choose all of the sections that apply to your business

 

New food business

There are two types of Council approval for food businesses, food control plans and national programmes. Which one you need depends on the type of business you have.

There are some types of food business that do not need any approval, such as a farmer selling their own horticultural produce at a market.

Find out what type of approval you need here (external link)          

If you have questions about the application and auditing process call us on 0800 732 732 or make a request online (external link)

 

Existing food business

There are two types of Council approval for food businesses, food control plans and national programmes. Which one you need depends on the type of business you have.

Find out what type of approval you need here (external link)           

Food businesses need to have their approval within a timeframe set by government. View the transition timetable here (external link)

Your food approval needs to be renewed every year. Council will automatically send you a renewal form.

If you have questions about the transition process or if you need a renewal form call us on 0800 732 732 or make a request online (external link)

 

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