Food Regulations

Grey District Council is required to register and inspect all food premises, including mobile shops and food stalls. The inspections make sure that these businesses are complying with their legislative requirements.

The Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 require food premises to obtain a Certificate of Registration before food can be prepared or manufactured for public sale.

The regulations cover the following topics:

  • Registration of premises
  • Conduct and maintenance of food premises
  • Conduct of workers
  • Bakehouses and cake kitchens
  • Delicatessens
  • Eating houses
  • Egg pulp
  • Meat and fish
  • Sale of meat and yoghurt
  • Manufacture of frozen confections
  • Sale of ice cream
  • Manufacture of beverages
  • Food vending machines
  • General provisions including the 1st Schedule of the regulations (the layout of a food premise)

Want further information?

For any advice on registration of food premises, please contact the Environmental Services Department, phone 03 769 8607, email

Food Act 2014: New law for businesses that sell food

A new law for all businesses that sell food came into effect on Tuesday 1 March 2016.

“The Food Act 2014 is designed to modernise food safety in New Zealand. It will make it easier for businesses to make sure their food is safe,” says Scott Gallacher, Deputy Director-General Regulation and Assurance, at the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

From 1 March, anyone who starts a business that involves food must follow the new law. This includes anything from restaurants, to corner dairies, market stalls, or internet cake sellers.

Existing businesses also need to make changes, although they have longer to do so. 67% of businesses in Grey District with an alcohol on-licence have already transferred to the new regime.

“The new law applies to a wide range of businesses, and includes any which make, sell, grow or transport food commercially. This includes those who serve food as part of their business, like education providers or care homes for example. We’ve made it easy for businesses to see how the new law applies to them with an online tool. Businesses should visit the MPI website and use ‘Where do I fit?’

“The new law is designed to help businesses and consumers. It moves from a one-size-fits-all approach, to one that regulates businesses according to risk. This will help keep regulation and costs down for many businesses, especially lower risk businesses, like those who grow fruit and vegetables or sell only pre-packed food.

“It also offers businesses greater flexibility. People can sell food they have made at home, for example, but must meet the same food safety standards as other businesses. By focusing on what’s most important to food safety, the law will help ensure safer food for consumers. At the same time, keeping costs down for businesses will also keep costs down for consumers.

“The new law also introduces other measures to help businesses keep time and costs down. For example, those who manage food safety well will need less frequent checks. Although the new law starts today, existing food businesses don’t have to make changes straight away. They will move over to the new Act at different times over a three year transition period.”

By making food safety requirements more efficient for businesses, the Act fits with wider government efforts to deliver better public services.

Businesses should visit to find out what they need to do.

Related documents

 Food Safety Bylaw 2007​ (PDF, 132KB)

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