Opening a food business

The Food Act 2014

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016.  The Act applies to all new food businesses.


New food safety measures

The Act brings in the following new food safety measures:

1.         Food Control Plans

A food control plan sets out the steps a business making or selling higher-risk foods needs to take to make safe food.  It is used to identify food safety risks, and to show how they're being managed.  

View Ministry for Primary Industries - Food Control Plans

2.         National Programmes

A national programme is the way that lower-risk food businesses operate under the Food Act 2014.  

View Ministry for Primary Industries – National Programme 

Verification of Food Control Plans or National Programmes

Your business will need to be verified (audited) when you first register it.  For information on the frequency of subsequent verifications required for food businesses, please contact an Environmental Health Officer at the Hastings District Council.

Please note:

Currently Council is not providing a verification service for businesses on National Programmes.  Therefore you will need to find a private auditor and arrange to have verifications from them.  You will need to specify who your auditor is when you register your business. 

View Ministry for Primary Industries – Auditor Register


Where does your business fit in the new food regime?

To help you find out what food safety measure your business needs to operate under, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) have developed a “where do I fit tool?” 

View Ministry for Primary Industries - Getting started with your template food control plan


Businesses currently operating under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974

Existing businesses will transition from the old Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 over the next 32 years.  

At the end of the three-year transition period the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 will be revoked.


Opening a new food business

A pamphlet on opening a new food business in the Hastings District can be viewed below.

View the Opening a New Business pamphlet


Registering your business

An application form for a Food Control Plan or National Programme is available from the Hastings District Council. The form should be completed, signed and checked by an Environmental Health Officer before registration can be made at the Council together with the registration fee.

Download the Application Form for Food Control Plan or National Programme  



Contact the Environmental Health team on phone (06) 871 5000