Food premises registration and notification

What do I do if I want to run a food business in the City of Yarra?

You must register or lodge a notification with us. Registrations and notifications assist us to know the location of all food premises so the we can ensure that food businesses are handling food for sale safely.

How do I find out the classification of my food premises?

To find out about the classification of your food premises refer to the Department of Health and Human Services guide - Food Premises Classification tool.

Alternatively you can contact our public health team on 9205 5555 or email

How do I register or notify my food business?

Higher risk food premises (Class 1, 2 and 3) need to register their food premises. Registration is renewable annually.

Download and complete the Proposed Food Premises Information Form.

Class 4 food premises, (those that only have low risk food handling), only need to lodge a “once off” notification for the premises with us. Notifications do not expire and do not require annual renewal. There is no fee for lodging a notification.

Download and complete the Proposed Food Premises Information Form.

If you are making changes to an existing kitchen or building a new one you can submit a copy of your plans for an Environmental Health Officer to review with the form.

For guidance on structural requirements for food premises refer to the following document:

 For class 4 food premises a once off notification must be lodged. You do not need to obtain formal approval and there are no fees that need to be paid.

For more information about food premise classifications please see the Department of Health website.

If you are planning to operate from a temporary or mobile food premises such as a market stall, community fundraiser, sausage sizzle or cake stall, you need a; 

Additional information that might be useful:


How do I lodge my application?

You can lodge your application via:


What fees will there be?

Fees for registration vary depending on the class of food premises and whether the premises is run to raise funds for charitable purposes. The fees for registration are adopted by us as part of the annual budget process.

Registration renewals

Registration lasts until 31st December each year unless you specifically request to register for a short period only.  For annual registrations we send the renewal in early November each year to give you plenty of time to renew before the expiry date.

Food safety for community groups

State Government has developed a short video and interactive website to help community groups understand and meet their food safety obligations when selling food to raise funds in Victoria.

The video provides an informative insight into community fund-raising activities while the website covers a range of topics, including community group obligations under the Victorian Food Act.