Fees and charges

You'll be charged for services provided by MPI and other service providers when registering and verifying checking your business under the Food Act 2014.

Changes from 1 July 2018

In February 2018, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) consulted widely about our amended and new charges. We incorporated much of the feedback from people we consulted and announced the amended and new fees in May 2018. The new fees come into effect on 1 July 2018.

What you'll be charged

The rates we charge you from 1 July 2018 will depend on when your application or work began. If you have work with MPI that started before July 2018, this will continue to be charged at the old rates until the work is complete.

Any work or applications received and accepted by MPI (and the applications are assessed as complete) before 1 July 2018 will be charged at old rates until the work is complete.

All work and applications received and accepted by MPI on or after 1 July 2018 will be charged at the new rates.

Who to contact

If you have any questions about how these changes apply to you:

Charges will vary

Under the Food Act, businesses need to pay costs of:

  • registering
  • getting checked (known as being verified)
  • evaluation, if using a custom Food Control Plan. 
  • making changes to your registration details
  • renewing your registration.

These costs vary depending on the level of risk involved in your food business.

Not all the fees listed on this page may apply to you and you may have to pay other charges not listed here.

Registration costs

Depending on your business structure, you'll be registering either with:

  • MPI
  • your local council.

You must register with your local council if your business:

  • does not require a custom Food Control Plan 
  • is based in only one council district
  • is an online or a mobile business (such as a market stall or a food truck). In these cases, you must register with the council where your business is based.

Councils set their own fees. Contact them directly to find out how much they charge.

If you operate from fixed places (shops or packing houses) in more than one council area, you have a choice who to register with.

You can either:

  • register each place separately with each local council
  • register them all as a group with MPI.

MPI registration fees are shown in the table.

MPI registration fees

Type of registrationRegistration feeRegistration renewals
Custom Food Control Plan   $348.50 (excluding GST)
$401.06 (including GST) 
Annually
$77.50 (excluding GST)
$89.13 (including GST)
Template Food Control Plan   $193.75 (excl. GST)
$222.81 (incl. GST) 
Annually
$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)
National programme 3   $116.25 (excl. GST)
$133.69 (incl. GST) 
Every 2 years
$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)
National programme 2   $116.25 (excl. GST)
$133.69 (incl. GST) 
Every 2 years
$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)
National programme 1   $116.25 (excl. GST)
$133.69 (incl. GST) 
Every 2 years
$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)

Note: In addition to the application fee above, an assessment time fee based on an hourly rate of $178.25 (incl. GST) per hour or $44.56 (incl. GST) per 15 minutes may be charged in instances where applications take much longer to process than expected (such as complex applications).

Verification frequency

How often you get checked will depend on whether you are a high- or low-risk business, as well as how you manage food safety. Those who are doing well, will be checked less frequently.

Evaluation costs

Custom Food Control Plans need to be independently evaluated before registration. Independent evaluators set their own fees.

Making changes to your registration

From time to time you will need to make changes to your registration. The cost to make a change to your registration will depend on:

  • the type of change
  • whether you are a high- or low-risk business.

Significant changes to Custom Food Control Plans may need to be independently evaluated before registration. Independent evaluators set their own fees.

Type of changeChange fee
Significant amendment to Custom Food Control Plan 

$310.00 (excluding GST)
$356.50 (including GST)

Significant amendment to Template Food Control Plan 

$155.00 (excl. GST)
$178.25 (incl. GST)

Significant change to Custom or Template Food Control Plan 

$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)

Significant change National programme 3 

$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)

Significant change National programme 2 

$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)

Significant change National programme 1 

$77.50 (excl. GST)
$89.13 (incl. GST)

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about MPI's fees and charges, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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