Food stall/mobile food truck registration (permanent)
Depending on what food you make or sell from your food stall, you'll need to operate either under a Food Control Plan (FCP) or National Programme (NP). Use the MPI's My food rules tool to work out where your food activity or business fits within the new Food Act rules.
Before making an application
Before applying, you must seek approval from the site owner/organiser from where you wish to trade. This may involve you speaking to either Road and Traffic or Parks and Gardens at Council by telephoning 04 570 6666 (if the location you are interested in is Council land such as the footpath or reserve).
If you're interested in operating a food stall or mobile food truck on a road or footpath you should also make contact with Urban Plus Limited at Council to check if you require an encroachment licence.
Application for a registration
If you're operating under a FCP or NP you'll need to complete an application for registration.
With your application you must include:
- a site plan
- company certificate (if you are a registered company)
- business proposal
- scope of operation
- letter from Verifier (for National Programmes only) or if you are being verified by another council
Your application form details all these requirements; refer to the guidance on page 7 for more information.
If you're registering to operate under a NP, you'll need to contact an independent verifier to carry out your verification. You can find a list of verifiers on the MPI website. You'll need to include a letter from your verifier with your application for registration.
For a list of fees - please see our list of fees and charges page.
Notification of food stall (temporary)
If you want to trade in food on a temporary basis, you can do so once per year without having to register. This is explained in Schedule 3 Part 3 of the Food Act 2014.
To trade food once per year, you need to complete a Notification of food stall form (PDF 511.2 KB) and send it to Council. Please note: we don't issue registration certificates for temporary food stalls.
Food stalls exempted from registration
You're exempt from needing to implement a FCP or NP if your food stall operates for fundraising purposes, or if you're operating a very small scale food catering and service activity where verification or enforcement activities may not be possible due to infrequency of the catering activity.
Food stalls that sell food to raise money for charitable, benevolent, philanthropic or cultural purposes can do so no more than 20 times per year.
If you're selling food for fundraising purposes, or you are operating a very small scale food catering and service activity, you'll need to complete the Notification of a food stall form (PDF 511.2 KB) and send it in to Council.
Please note we don't issue registration certificates for exempted businesses and there are no associated costs or fees.
Guidance for food stall operators
If you're running a food stall, make sure you read and follow these important food safety tips from MPI:
Information for event organisers
An event organiser is responsible for ensuring that all food stalls at the event have the right documentation. They should either be registered or have a Council Food Stall form (if the operator of a food stall is operating a temporary stall or is exempted from registration).
Before the event begins
Before the start of the event, you must supply Council with the following information:
- a list of food stalls that will be attending the event. The list should also include the operator's contact details, food being sold, and registration number if applicable
- a site map showing where food stalls will be located
- event organiser's details for the day of the event.
During the event
Environmental health officers will monitor food safety during the event and may suggest improvements or address any major food safety issues. Event organisers must be available to assist the environmental health officer in case there's a serious food safety issue.
Guidance for event organisers
Please read and follow the guidance material that has been created by MPI on important food safety tips for event organisers.