Temporary, mobile food premises and food trucks

There is a statewide registration and notification scheme for temporary and mobile food premises including those run by community groups.

Under the scheme and depending on your food handling activities, you only need to register with, or notify, the one council which is known as your principal council.

Please note, the single statewide registration scheme is only relevant for registration or notification under the Food Act 1984.

What is a temporary food premises?

Temporary food premises are temporary sites or stalls where food is sold. This includes stalls and tents at school fetes, markets, festivals and other short term events.

What is a mobile food premises?

Mobile food premises are vehicles such as trucks, trailers or carts from which food is sold.

If you wish to operate a mobile food van in the City of Yarra, you must also apply for a separate street trading licence.

Find out more about operating a food truck in the City of Yarra.

 

Your principal council is:

  • The council in whose district you prepare or store food before trading, or
  • If the food is not usually prepared or stored beforehand, the council in whose district you usually store the equipment for your stall or event or garage your mobile food vehicle, or
  • If none of the above apply, the council in whose district the usual business address for your organisation is located, or
  • If none of the above are in Victoria, the council in whose district the temporary or mobile food premises will first operate.

Applying for registration or notifying your principal council - STREATRADER

To make it easy to use this statewide registration or notification scheme a registration and notification website for temporary and mobile food premises, food vending machines and water carters has been set up by the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with local government called STREATRADER.

All the forms you will need to complete are available online at STREATRADER. The site will guide you through the process and will identify your principal council and classification.

You must lodge the required Statement of Trade at least 5 days before you intend to start trading. 

Combining temporary and mobile food premises with a fixed food premises

If you already have a registered permanent food premises from which you prepare or store food that is to be sold from your temporary or mobile food premises, you can register with the same Council where your permanent business is registered.

There is generally a charge to register your temporary or mobile food premises. There is no charge for lodging a notification or a Statement of Trade with any council.

Other permits you may need 

To gain permission to operate at a specific public place or on council land, you will most likely need to go through a separate application process with the relevant council in whose district you wish to trade. If you wish to operate within the City of Yarra please contact us on 9205 5555.

There is generally a charge to register your temporary or mobile food premises. There is no charge for lodging a notification or a Statement of Trade with any Council.