Registration and renewals
All applications for registration are completed online - we recommend you create a new account or login to your existing online account, as this allows you to save your application as you go.
If you need any assistance or do not have access to a computer then please contact an environmental health officer on 07 376 0899.
Apply for registration of a new food business
All food businesses require a food registration under the Food Act 2014 unless they fit under one of the exemptions.
Applications for food control plan registrations are valid for one year, while those for national programmes are valid for two years.
For new businesses registered under the Food Act 2014, an initial verification will be conducted within six weeks of an application being approved. A certificate of registration is issued upon Council receiving and approving an application. Once approval is granted the business can operate. Please be aware it is illegal to begin operating before an appropriate registration is approved and premises may be subject to infringement fines if they ignore this requirement.
Renewal of registration
All registrations under the Food Act 2014 need to be renewed before they expire. Under the Food Act 2014, registration authorities are not permitted to renew any expired registrations.
Businesses using a food control plan currently have to renew their registration each year and those using a national programme every two years.
In general, you will be notified approximately two months in advance via email that a renewal is required. These renewals can be completed at any stage, prior to expiring. Businesses failing to renew will be sent an additional reminder approximately two weeks before the registration lapses. Please inform Taupō District Council of any updates to contact information or management changes to ensure these reminders are received. Taupō District Council is not responsible if you fail to renew your registration before it lapses.
Change of ownership
New operators have two options when taking over a food business, as outlined below. There are costs and benefits to both options. If you are unsure which option is best for you, please contact an environmental health officer on 07 376 0899 to discuss.
Option 1: Register a Notification of Significant Change application online.
This allows you to take over the current registration of the premises and you will retain the old operator’s processes and procedures as well as their verification frequency. This is a good option if you do not plan to change anything significant within the business. Please note you must complete this within 10 days of making the change otherwise you will need to complete a new application.
Option 2: Register as a new food business.
This will allow you to modify your operation and include your own processes and procedures.