Food activities that are low risk, either because they don't happen often or cater to only a small number of people, don't need to operate under a food control plan or a national programme. This applies to some fundraising and community group food activities, and some businesses.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has provided a document that details some common exemptions for the Food Act [PDF, 497 KB]. An exemption would mean that you are not required to hold registration.

However, even if you don't need a written plan or programme, you still have to comply with food safety laws and make sure your food is safe and suitable to eat. We have brochures available covering the basics of food safety.

Please feel free to contact Council if you have any questions, our Food experts (Food and Health Standards (2006) Ltd) will be glad to help.