Mobile food vehicles are a great way to take your food business on the road and be where the customers are.
Mobile food vehicles do not include food transport vehicles to deliver food for catering or food from a business to a retail premises for sale or for home delivery (for example, pizza delivery).
Who needs a licence
A mobile food business that conducts the following activities in Rotorua (even if licensed in another district) requires a licence from Rotorua Lakes Council:
- preparing and/or selling food from a motor vehicle
- mobile coffee cart
- ice cream van
- pie van (smoko truck)
- mobile snack trucks
- mobile food trailers
Registrations and Licence duration
There is a two-step process in obtaining a mobile shop licence
Registering a Food Control Plan or National Programme with your businesses home council.
Obtaining a mobile shop licence.
Mobile shops may trade between:
- 1 April to 30 September - 9am to 5.30 pm
- 1 October to 31 March - 8am to 7 pm
No mobile shop shall remain stationary in any street for longer than 30 minutes other than in the permitted locations listed below.