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 determines the level of legal requirements and registration that you need to comply with.
Class 1, 2 and 3 premises must register with Council. Registration must be renewed annually.
Class 4 premises only need to register once.
New food businesses
Before you set up a new food business and apply for registration, it's a good idea to check the guidelines for:
These are step-by-step guides to help walk you through the process.
Additional information to help you meet the legal requirements includes:
- Packaged Food Labelling Guide
- Guide for Food Business - Food Safety Supervisors and Training
- Do Food Safely - online training course
- Allergen Matrix.
Your next steps are:
Buying an existing food business
Due to recent changes in the Food Act 1984, new food business owner(s) taking over the management of a registered food premises will need to apply for a new registration and submit an application for plan assessment. Transfers will cease to continue.
Should an inspection report be required for legal settlement reasons prior to the sale of a food business, the current food business owner(s) can make this request and pay for this service. There is an option of a four or ten business day turnaround for the inspection report.
Find out about food business registration fees and charges.
Closing a food business
You need to let us know if you are closing a food premises.
Email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- address of the premises
- trading name of food premises
- date that trading ceased
- name and contact details of person submitting closure advice.
Temporary or mobile food businesses
Community groups and operators of temporary or mobile food businesses must apply online via the Streatrader website.
Examples of activities that are registered through Streatrader include:
- sausage sizzles
- coffee vans
- market stalls.
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.
Email email@example.com and we will get back to you.
Or call our Health Services department on 9298 8000.