Transferring registration of a food business
Here is some information on the process you need to follow to transfer the registration of a food premises into your name.
These registration requirements only apply to Class 1, 2 and 3 premises. You can find out more about the classification of food businesses on the Department of Health's website.
To transfer the registration of a food premises you must complete an Application to Transfer the Registration of a Food Premises form. To obtain this form, please contact Council's Public Health Unit on 9205 5166.
Please send the form and the required fee to: Council's Public Health Unit c/o Yarra City Council, P.O. Box 168, Richmond 3121 or submit your application in person at the Collingwood or Richmond Town Hall.
Once your application is lodged, an authorised Council officer will inspect the premises to ensure that the premises complies with the other relevant requirements of the Food Act 1984 (e.g. that the structural fit out of the premises is suitable and well maintained). For information on the required structure and fit out of a food premises, refer to Council’s Food Premises Structural Guidelines and the Food Safety Standards.
Once Council is satisfied that all requirements of the Food Act 1984 have been met, Council will transfer the registration of the premises into the name of the new proprietor.
Council does not offer pre-purchase inspections of food premises. It is the responsibility of the person taking over the premises to be satisfied that the premises complies with the requirements of the Food Act 1984. In this regard, it is recommended that you request any recent inspection reports from the current proprietor as well as checking the premises yourself. You should use the Food Premises Structural Guidelines and the Food Safety Standard as a reference.
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