The Food Act 2014 requires that premises are designed and constructed appropriately, so they can be used to prepare and/or serve food that is safe and suitable. The premises, place, facilities, appliances, and essential services (such as water, gas, lighting etc) need to be readily cleanable and fit for purpose.
Please contact the environmental health team before setting up your food business. Arrangements can be made for an officer to visit your premises during its construction to ensure it is set up correctly.
Planning approval under the Resource Management Act
Advise a planner about the location and type of business you propose to ensure that you can set up a food business in your chosen area. Some areas of the city are zoned to prevent commercial activity in that area. Find out if there are any parking or other planning requirements for your area. Lighting, noise, and air extraction systems may affect neighbouring premises. It is essential you find out the requirements for these so you do not cause a nuisance to your neighbours.
If you are building new premises, or altering / fitting out an existing building, you may require a building consent. You will need to speak to a building support officer about the submission of an accurate plan and any other information that may be required. You will need to state clearly the type of operation you intend and include plans and information detailing:
- the designation of all rooms and specific areas
- layout of appliances and fittings, including the position of work benches, tables, shelves, cupboards, sinks, wash basins, cooking equipment, refrigerators and freezers, lockers and dishwashers (if required)
- type and location of artificial lighting and ventilation
- location on yard areas, the refuse disposal area, changing rooms and customer service areas
- an outline of the construction material and surface finishes that you propose
- ensure that you attach a preliminary form for the proposed food premises with your building consent application.
Plumbing and drainage
If you are installing toilets, sinks or wash basins you may need a building consent for the plumbing and drainage work.
Trade waste requirement
Check with the council's trade waste officer regarding trade waste requirements. If a grease trap is required, it can be installed outside, or internally.
If you intend to apply for an alcohol licence you should contact the District Licensing Agency at an early stage to find out your obligations under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Check the alcohol licensing page for more information.