The Food Act 2014 came into force on 1 March 2016 replacing previous food legislation. As part of the new Food Act, local authorities are required to set fees for the registration, administration, monitoring and enforcement of food premises in the district.
The Food Act has shifted from an inspection based regime to a risk based and audit approach. Operators are audited against their own Food Control Plan to ensure compliance. The new model encourages good performance through a reduced frequency of audits (or verifications) for good operators, and conversely an increased frequency of audits for poor operators.
You can read about the Food Act here.
Food Act Proposed Fees
Councils can charge fees to recover the direct and indirect costs of providing Registration, Compliance and Monitoring and Verification/Auditing under the Food Act.
Food Act Fees are being set across the three Councils in South Canterbury – Mackenzie District Council (MDC), Timaru District Council (TDC) and Waimate District Council (WDC), Fees have been drafted using the new legislation, and considering the following factors - Community input, Equity, Efficiency, Justifiability and Transparency.
The fee structure proposed is a mixed model where some fees are fixed and others are flexible (based on an hourly rate). The proposal provides some certainty about costs for operators, is transparent and set at a level to recover no more than the actual cost of providing the service. You can read the Statement of Proposal below:
- Food Act Fees Summary Statement of Proposal (pdf, 167.4 KB updated 07-Nov-2016)
- Food Act Fees Statement of Proposal (PDF, 3.4 MB updated 07-Nov-2016)
Make a submission
SUBMISSIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
The proposal is now open for your feedback. To let us know what you think:
- Make your submission online here (quick and easy!)
- Download the submission form and send it into Council
- Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write us a letter and send to Food Act Fees Submission, Freepost Authority No. 95136, PO Box 522, Timaru 7940
Comments are welcome from Thursday 14 April to 5pm, Monday 16 May.
Submissions will be considered by a Joint Committee of the three District Councils who will make recommendations to the respective Council’s about the new fees structure.
Food Act Fees consultation process
The consultation timetable is:
|14 April 2016||Submissions open|
|16 May 2016||Submissions close at 5pm|
|Week of 30 May|
(date to be confirmed)
|Joint Committee of MDC, TDC, and WDC considers submissions|
|June 2016||Council decisions on fees to be charged|
|1 July 2016||New fees apply|
Below is supporting information related to the Food Act Fees:
- Report - Food Act 2014 - Cost Recovery for Timaru District Council and Proposed Increase for Food and Hygiene Regulations Fee - Item 1 of Council 15 March 2016 Agenda
- Council Minutes - 15 March 2016
- Report - Statement of Proposal for Food Act 2014 Fees and Charges - Item 14 of Council 5 April 2016 Agenda
- Report - Food Act Fees Joint Committee Agreement and Terms of Reference - Item 15 of Council 5 April 2016 Agenda
- Council Minutes - 5 April 2016
Proposed Food Act Fees
1) New Registration
|FCP – single site||$150 fixed fee plus $150 per hour after the first hour|
|FCP – multi site||$225 fixed fee plus $150 per hour after the first hour|
|NP||$150 fixed fee plus $150 per hour after the first hour|
|Consultancy (optional) - new business set up assistance/pre opening visit||$150 per hour|
|FCP Mentoring (optional)||$300 fixed fee|
(2) Registration Renewal
|12 month renewal - FCPs single site||$150 fixed fee|
|12 month renewals - FCPs multi site||$225 fixed fee|
|24 month renewals - NPs||$200 fixed fee|
|FCP Mentoring||$300 fixed fee|
(3) Compliance and Monitoring
|FCP – annual (incl those FCPs registered before 1 March 2016)||$75 fixed fee|
|NP – 24 month||$150 fixed fee|
(4) Verification (Audit)
|FCP – single site audit||$300 fixed fee|
|FCP – multi site audit||$300 fixed fee plus $150 per hour after the first 2 hours|
|FCP Audit close-out over 15 minutes||$150 per hour|
|NP1 Check (one-off)||$150 per hour|
|NP2 Audit – 3 yearly||$150 per hour|
|NP3 Audit – 2 yearly||$150 per hour|
(5) Complaint driven investigation
|Complaint resulting in issue of improvement notice by Food Safety Officer and its review||$150 per hour plus actual travel costs and disbursements|
|Application & Assessment||$150 per hour|
(7) Travel Charges ( applied to the fees above as appropriate)
|Zone One: (Timaru District Council)||$10 fixed charge per visit|
|Zone 2: (Mackenzie District Council)||$55 fixed charge per visit|
|Zone 3: (Waimate District Council)||$30 fixed charge per visit|
|Actual Travel Costs||Where applicable, charged at 85cents per km plus staff travel time at $150 per hour|
For food operators still operating under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974, some changes are also proposed to fees for TDC and MDC.