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Food Businesses

Registrations, complaint investigation, conducting inspections and food sampling.


New Food Businesses


Environmental Health Officers must ensure that all new food establishments are registered under the Food Act 1984 and are constructed to comply with the required standards. The steps involved in starting a new business have been outlined below including links to construction guidelines and application forms.

Step 1. To discuss Building and Planning issues, contact Council.

Step 2. Lodge a copy of your proposed floor plan.

Step 3. Submit an Application for registration of a food premises, and depending upon risk class, lodge a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate and completed Food Safety Program with relevant payment.

Step 4. Contact officers for progress and final inspections.

Step 5. Registration Certificate is issued.

Step 6. Operate Business and implement Food Safety Program.

Guidelines for Food Premises Design and Equipment

Department of Health - Food Business Information 
Food Safety and Your Business  


Buying an Existing Food Business (Transfer of Registration)


When purchasing a food business the following steps should be undertaken

Step 1. Contact Council's Environmental Health unit regarding your intentions to buy the business.

Step 2. Apply for a Request for an inspection and information on a registered premises which will give you the details of any outstanding Food Act requirements on the business.

Step 3. Apply for a transfer of registration for the business immediately after settlement.


STREATRADER - Temporary and Mobile Food Stalls


All businesses and community groups who sell food at markets and events must now use the 'Streatrader' online registration system. 


Streatrader is a state-wide registration and notification scheme which makes it easier for food businesses and community groups to operate in different Councils throughout Victoria and can help meet your legal responsibilities under the Food Act 1984.


You only need to register with your principal Council and then lodge a 'statement of trade' to allow relevant councils know where and when you will be trading.


Streatrader is also a registrations system for water carters and vending machine businesses trading in Victoria. 


To register with Streatrader simply visit Streatrader website at https://streatrader.health.vic.gov.au/public_site/ and create a login and the system will guide you through the process. You will receive an email once registration has been approved and you can then lodge a statement of trade (SOT).


If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Council's Health Department on 03 5153 9500 or 1300 555 886


Related links


Department of Health 


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