Food Safety

The laws that cover food safety are the Food Act 2014 and the Food Regulations 2015.

The primary duty under the Act is that people who trade in food must ensure the food is safe and suitable for human consumption.

Under the Act, food businesses are required to be operating under an appropriate registered risk-based measure (either a food control plan or one of three levels of national programmes depending on the food sector that a food business belongs to). This includes people who are trading in food on the internet, for example, selling food through community group pages on Facebook.

It is an offence under the Act for any person to trade in food without the appropriate registered risk-based measure. That person is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000. Alternatively, the person can be issued an infringement notice requiring payment of a $450 fee for every day that the offence continues.

New food businesses

New food businesses are required to operate under the Act from day one. You will need to register a food control plan or a national programme, depending on the food sector your business belongs to. See below for further information and application documentation.

Getting started

A very useful tool for setting up a template food control plan or national programme is found on the Ministry for Primary Industries website. It is called My Food Rules​. Use this to set up and print your personalised food control plan or national programme and to produce a completed scope of operations document (which is part of the application documentation).​

​For further assistance please email Hamilton City Council at

Application documentation

If you are a new food business or are an existing​ business transitioning to the Food Act 2014, you need to complete an application form and a scope of operations document and submit these to council.

If you have just one site to register:

If you have more than one site to regi​ster under the on​e application:

Renewal of Registration

Please make sure your registration is renewed prior to the expiry date; by completing the below form and returning them to us (either by post, over the counter at the Municipal  Building or via email to with the renewal fee.​

Verification of Template Food Control Plan

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