Set up a food business
Food businesses and food vehicles that sell food need to be registered.
The information below sets out the steps you should follow if you are starting up a new food business.
If you are taking over an existing food business, you should visit the webpage that provides information about transferring registration of a food business.
If you are planning to operate a temporary food premises such as a community fundraiser, sausage sizzle or cake stall, you should visit the webpage that provides information about temporary and mobile food premises.
New Food Businesses
Step 1 - Planning Permits
The first step in the process is to ensure that the business you are planning is able to be conducted at your intended address. You should contact Council’s Town Planning Department to check on permitted uses and whether any permits are required.
Town Planning – ph 9205 5373
Step 2 - Building Permits
If you are intending on constructing a new building or making any structural changes to an existing building you will need to obtain the necessary permits. For further information contact Council’s Building Services.
Building Services – ph 9205 5095
Step 3 - Submission of plans
To ensure that the premises will comply with the requirements of the food safety standards, Council offers a service of reviewing plans for the proposed premises (or renovations/improvements to existing premises) and providing advice before construction commences.
This service is useful in helping proprietors avoid having to make costly alterations once construction has started or been completed. Council will charge a fee for the service, with the fee amount determined by the classification of the premises.
For guidance on structural requirements for food premises refer to the following documents:
Step 4 - Obtain an application form
Contact Council's Public Health Unit to obtain an application to register a food business form and find out the application fee.
Please send your completed form to the Public Health Unit, PO Box 168, Richmond, 3121. Application fee payments can be made online by visiting the Payments Online webpage. Payments can also be made in person at one of Council's customer service centres.
Public Health Unit
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