The registration process differs depending on whether you are:
- opening a new business
- buying or selling an existing business
- a temporary or mobile food business.
Classification of food businesses
All food businesses are classified according to the level of food safety risk they pose to the public.
This classification determines the level of registration and legal requirements that your business must comply with.
Visit the Victorian Government's Department of Health website to find out which category your food premises comes under.
|Class 1, 2 and 3
Class 1, 2 and 3 premises must register with Council.
Registrations must be renewed annually.
Class 4 premises only need to register with Council once.
Apply to register a food business
To apply to register a food business, follow the steps below.
Other types of registrations
You are also required to register with Council if you intend to:
- change ownership of a food business
- close an existing food business
- start a temporary or mobile food business.
You can also request an inspection before purchasing an established food business. Find out more below.
Find out about food business registration fees and charges.
As the owner of a food business, it is your responsibility to ensure that:
- your food is safe and suitable for consumption
- you comply with legislative requirements under the Food Act 1984 and the Food Standards Code.
For more information about food safety and your legislative obligations, see the Department of Health website.
For more general information about food safety you can also visit the Food Safety Information Council website.
Food business prosecutions
The Department of Health and Human Services maintains a Food Safety Register of Convictions that identifies businesses that have been convicted of breaches of the Food Act 1984.
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