Food stalls are a common way to start a food business, promote products at events, raise funds for charitable and educational organisations or as a way for existing food businesses to reach new customers.
Who needs a licence
Any person wanting to run a stall to prepare or handle packaged or unpacked food for retail sale generally needs a licence. Even if the person has a food premises registration for a fixed premises or manufacturing facility, a separate licence for a stall is needed in Rotorua.
Examples of food stalls that need a licence include (but not limited to):
selling and/or cutting fruit or vegetables
cakes or biscuits with dairy fillings or icings
takeaway foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizzas or hot chips
pasta, lasagne or curry
packaged and/or unpackaged sweets and lollies
jams and pickles
any other food.
Who doesn't need a stall licence
As of 1 March 2016, you can sell food to raise funds for a charity, or for cultural and community events without registering under the Food Act 2014 or obtaining a stall licence - but only up to 20 times in a calendar year.
Registrations and licence duration
There is a two step process in obtaining a stall licence
Registering a Food Control Plan or National Programme with your businesses home council or Ministry for Primary Industries. For more information on the processers and procedures in registereing Food Control Plans and National Programmes, please contact the the council in which your buisiness is located or visit the Ministry for Primary Industries website www.mpi.govt.nz
Market, food stall or one off event licences are available as a single event licence (up to 3 consecutive days or 6 month and 1 year licenses. If you want to operate a food stall regularly, an annual licence is recommended for convenience. An annual licence requires only one application and fee to be made and you can operate your stall a number of times in that year.
The stall licence is renewable and although renewal notices are generally issued 30 days before expiry, it is the licence holders responsibility to ensure the licence is current.
Saturday morning Rotary Market
Kuirau Park, corner of Pukuatua Street & Kuirau Street
Rotorua Night Market
Tutanekai Street, Rotorua
Rotorua Farmers Market
Te Manawa, Tutanekai Street
Such as the Home & Garden Show, Lakefront Concerts etc