Mobile shops & trading in public places
A mobile shop is a vehicle from which goods or services are offered or sold. Mobile shops selling food must meet the requirements of any relevant food laws and be registered under the Food Hygiene Regulations.
Operators that hold a current registration certificate with another council may still need to obtain a Taupo District Council Registration Certificate to trade in the district. Food handlers may also be required to hold a recognised food safety qualification.
Where can I trade?
In general, mobile shops are able to trade:
- as part of a market or event (with the organisers permission)
- In council designated mobile shop sites e.g. the Venture Centre on Spa Road, Taupo.
- On the roadside for a maximum of 30 minutes (but not within CBD areas or on State Highways where the speed limit is more than 50 km).
Additional approval will be required if operating on:
- State Highways where the speed limit is more than 50 km - approval is required from the New Zealand Transport Agency.
- Private land - the landowners permission is needed. In some cases resource consent may also be required.
- Council reserve land (unless part of a registered event)
Formal lease agreements are required on some council reserves (e.g. Lake Terrace) and the number of trading sites are limited.
More details on where you can and can't trade can be found in the Information for Mobile Shops and Trading in Public Places and the Trading in Public Places 2016 bylaw.
To apply for a registration certificate, complete the application for mobile shop licence and pay the required fee. Please submit your application at least 10 working days before you intend to operate.
Approval from an environmental health officer is needed before a health registration certificate can be issued. Inspections of food selling operations may be required.
For more information please contact customer services on 07 376 0899.