Food Act Registration

Do you have a business in the horticultural sector? 

If you grow or pack fruit, vegetables or other horticultural products for sale, you must apply for Food Act registration by 30 November 2018, to be registered by 28 February 2019. 

Please note: grape growers who then sell their crop to another person to be made into wine are exempt under the Wine Act and do not need to register under the Food Act. 

The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016, and from this date all new horticultural businesses should have registered.  Businesses that were existing prior to 1 March 2016 now must transition to apply under the Food Act 2014 as above.

Please ensure you register with Council using the link below and renew your registration every 2 years. NZGAP, Global GAP and BRC pack houses should register directly with MPI as collective registrations.

Apply for Food Act Registration.


All businesses in this sector must implement a National Programme 1 to comply with the law.

To bring your business under National Programme 1 you need to:

  • check what you need to do to make safe food
  • be prepared to tell an official (a food safety verifier) how you make safe food
  • keep some written records to show what you do about important food safety issues.

Please click here to download a guidance tool for NP1.


If you are a new business, you must arrange for a verifier to visit within 6 weeks of becoming registered. If you are an existing business, your verifier must visit within a year of your registration.

Click here to find out more. 


If you wish to seek further clarification, please contact QLDC on 03 441 0499 and speak with an Environmental Health Officer, or email