You can apply for licences and permits for selling food through our Do It Online portal. The cost of an application varies. Here are our current fees and charges.
We promote food safety by focusing on the processes of food production, while recognising each business is different. Under the Food Act 2014 a corner dairy operator who reheats meat pies won't be treated in the same way as the meat pie manufacturer.
Depending on the scope of your food business, you will need to register to operate under either a Food Control Plan (FCP) or a National Programme (NP).
MPI has up to date information for your food business on its website.
What is a Food Control Plan (FCP)?
A Food Control Plan (FCP) is a step by step guide on food safety procedures that can be tailored to suit the needs of your business.
It’s a management tool for food business operators. It includes pre-printed records, forms and a diary.
Operating with the FCP will help your business meet its food safety and suitability requirements and demonstrate your commitment to food safety.
The two food control plans are:
- template food control plan (template FCPs) - you build your plan from templates supplied by MPI and register with Gore District Council.
- custom food control plans (custom FCPs) - you develop your own plan and register with MPI.
There are three levels of National Programmes, which are based on food safety risk of a business:
- level 3 for higher risk (NP L3).
- level 2 for medium risk (NP L2).
- level 1 for lower risk (NP L1).
When you buy a food business
If you are buying a food business, you will need to transfer the previous company's approval to your name. If the business has a food control plan you will need to apply for your own food control plan.
When you operate a mobile food business
If you are a mobile trader you need to get a licence from us before you can do business in our District.
If you are selling food, you licence application must have a copy of the certificate of registration for either a food control plan, relevant national programme or notice of exemption.