Setting up a food business

If you are planning to set up a new food business or purchase an existing business, we are here to help. The council's Environmental Health Officer will be able to advise you of the requirements to operate a food business in the Waitaki district.

Depending on your plans, you may also need to talk to our Planning, Building and Alcohol teams. Please give us a call on (03) 433 0300 to arrange an appointment.

Team Officers
Environmental Health Officer Louise Ashcroft
Alcohol LicensingInspector ( If your business is involved in the sale of alcohol ) Carolyn Van Zyl - Alcohol
Building and/or Drainage and Plumbing Building team duty officer - Building
Planning Planning team duty officer - Planning

Also view the page of New Zealand Food Safety- Starting a food business.

We recommend that anyone who is making or selling food completes food safety qualifications. Training is available from:


For current resources, practical advice and information on the Food Act 2014, refer to MPI-Food Safety. You can also subscribe to Food Act 2014 website updates.