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Food Act Registration Forms

There are now four classes of food premises - class 1, class 2, class 3 and class 4. The new classification system means that regulatory requirements are better matched to the level of food safety risk associated with the food handling activities at different types of premises.

Class 1 has the highest and class 4 the lowest level of legal requirements. In summary, the new classes are:

  • Class 1 - hospitals, child care centres and aged care services which serve high risk food.
  • Class 2 - other premises that handle high risk food unpackaged food.
  • Class 3 - premises that handle unpackaged low risk food or high risk pre-packaged food, and warehouses and distributors.
  • Class 4 - as described below.

Visit the food safety website for more information on the new classification system and to find out which category your food premises may come under.

For anyone wishing to set up a new commercial food business we suggest you read the Guidelines for the Design, Construction and Fit-Out of Food Premises that provides important information on the registration and set up of a new food business in Knox.

For anyone wishing to set up a new home based food business, please read our Guidelines for Setting up a Home Based Food Business here.

For more information please contact Health Services on 9298 8000 or email health.services@knox.vic.gov.au.

Food Act Registration Forms

Submit Plans for a Commercial Food Premises - Complete this form if you are setting up a new based food premises.

Submit Plans for a Home-Based Food Premises- Complete this form if you are setting up a new home-based food premises.

Application to Transfer a Food Premises- Complete this form if you are buying an existing food premises.

Application for Premises Enquiry - Complete this form if you want a pre-transfer inspection.

Class 4 premises need to notify Council if you are a fixed premises and the only food handling activities are as follows:

  • the sale of shelf stable pre-packaged low risk food such as confectionery, crisps, frozen ice cream, milk, bottled drinks - for example, newsagents, pharmacies, video stores and some milk bars.
  • the sale of packaged alcohol - for example, bottle shops.
  • the sale of uncut fruit and vegetables - for example, farmers markets, green grocers and wholesalers.
  • wine tasting (which can include serving low risk food or cheese).
  • the sale of packaged cakes (excluding cream cakes).
  • the supply of low risk food, including cut fruit, at sessional kindergarten or child care.
  • simple sausage sizzles, where the sausages are cooked and served immediately. This means sausages, sauce, onions and bread. (This does not include hamburgers or other high risk foods)

For a full list of class 4 activities visit the Food Safety website.

Community Groups or Temporary/Mobile Food Businesses

Community groups and operators of temporary or mobile food businesses must apply online via the Streatrader website in order to comply with the Food Act.

Some examples of activities that need to be registered through Streatrader are: sausage sizzles at Bunnings, coffee vans and market stalls.

Visit Streatrader to apply or seek more information.

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