It is possible to operate from a domestic home kitchen under the Food Act 2014. You will need to consider the following rules as part of your application:
- Zoning under the District Plan – confirming whether you can operate your business in your local area
- Approval from the landlord in the case of a rented or leased property
- Building Consent – where you may need to modify the premises to accommodate the business
- Potable water supply – if you are not operating on a reticulated system (source and treatment)
- Grease trap – this may be required, especially if the property is connected to a council sewage system.
- Signage rules regarding the property and operation
- Food handling requirements
- Obtaining the appropriate licence to operate
The following are forms to assist you:
- Registration for a new food business, and
- MPI’s Scope of Operations (Template Food Control Plan)
- Home kitchen guidance and checklist
Please refer to the current fees and charges register for costs relating to registering and operating a food business.