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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 Food Safety Program with 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 buying a food business, take the following steps.


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.



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