Markets & events
Event and market organisers need to ensure they provide for the sale of food safely and appropriately at their event.
If you have food sellers at your market or event you may need to obtain a Health Registration Certificate. This is a blanket licence for all participating food sellers at your market or event.
The organiser is responsible for gathering and vetting all relevant food safety information from participating food sellers.
When do you require a Health Registration Certificate?
- Where all food sellers are mobile shop operators that already hold a current Registration Certificate with us
- Where the only food sellers are charitable, not-for-profit fundraising stalls. Fundraising stalls are subject to certain conditions. (see Fundraising Stalls information below)
Mobile shops that hold a current Registration Certificate with another council still need to obtain a Taupo District Council Registration Certificate to trade in the district.
- In all other instances e.g. the food sellers are commercial operators without their own registration certificates
To apply for a Registration Certificate, the market or event organiser will need to complete an Application for Market/Event and pay the required fee. Detailed information about traders and what they intend to sell will be required.
Approval from an environmental health officer is required before a health registration certificate can be issued. Inspections of the site and any food selling facilities may also be required. Additional costs may apply for this service.
To trade from a stall a Health Registration Certificate may be necessary.
- When stalls operate as part of a registered market or event
- Fundraising stalls
- When the stall is trading independently of any market or event, or for private gain.
In general, fundraising stalls selling food are exempt from needing a Health Registration Certificate, but are limited in what they can sell.
- Sausage sizzle
- Cake stall
- Hangi stall
- Other non-perishable and pre-packaged foods e.g. soft drink cans, pre-packed confectionery, fruit and vegetables that have not been cut or processed.
With the exception of hangi, only fundraising stalls may prepare food from unregistered premises. Hangi must be prepared and packaged from a registered or approved kitchen.
An approved kitchen is one that has been approved by an environmental health officer and is suitable for the intended food preparation purpose, but does not hold a council registration e.g. a marae or a community hall. Private homes cannot be approved premises.
Stalls wanting to sell food other than those mentioned above (regardless of whether it is for fundraising or private profit) will need to apply for a Health Registration Certificate and all food preparation must be done in a registered premises.
Please note: if a premises requires an inspection to check that it is suitable, inspection fees may apply.