Mobile food carts

Mobile food carts are covered by a number of different regulations, bylaws and policies. Find out what licences or permits may be required and useful information to get you started setting up your new business.

From April 2018 you can no longer operate your food truck from the same privately-owned site for more than 10 hours a week unless you have been granted a resource consent.

Ministry for Primary Industries has developed the My Food Rules?(external link) tool to help you work out where your food activity or business fits within the Food Act 2014 rules. 

Notice of registration

Mobile food carts need to be registered as Movable Food Premises with the Council.

Permit to trade in public places

If a mobile food cart is to trade in public places, a permit for a mobile or travelling shop is also required.

Constructing your mobile food cart

Your mobile food cart must be suitably constructed for the type of food preparation, handling and sale activities that you are planning.

Operating your mobile food truck, caravan, cart or stall

Guidelines to help you operate your business with the safety of the food and the processes in mind.

Useful contacts

Technical advice and information from Council and other agencies.