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Food Safety

In Victoria some types of businesses are required to be registered with their local council. These types of businesses include any serving food, providing accommodation, hairdressers, beauty parlours, skin penetration premises and caravan parks.

Food Premises

From 1 July 2010, a new state-wide food premises classification system has been implemented by the Department of Health and has changed regulatory requirements that apply to food premises operating in Victoria.

The new classification system identifies the level of food safety risk and requirements of the business operator including such issues as compliance, food handling procedures, record keeping and supervision.

If you are opening, purchasing or selling a food premises, or if you plan to serve food as part of your accommodation premises, there are a number of permits you may need to apply for before you can operate your business.

Upon application and payment of an inspection fee, a pre-purchase inspection can be undertaken by an Environmental Health Officer to identify any issues regarding the food premises.

Please note that permits may also be required from Council’s Planning and Building Departments depending on the type of business and the changes you may be making. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all appropriate permits have been sought.

Class 4 Food Premises

If you are planning to operate a temporary food premises (class 4) such as a community fundraiser, basic sausage sizzle or basic cake stall (no cream), you need to notify council of your activities. (It is an offence to fail to notify your council that you are operating such a food premises).

Mobile or Temporary Street Trader

Streatrader allows businesses and community groups that sell food from stalls and vans to make a registration application, lodge a notification or Statement of Trade and manage information. This can be done anytime day or night with no need to go to the Council office. Once your application has been accepted by Council you can trade anywhere in Victoria.

Register your temporary and mobile food premises

For further information email streatrader@health.vic.gov.au or call 1300 085 767.

Fees

Current registration fees can be provided upon application.  This applies to:

  • Business selling high risk foods 
  • Business selling low risk foods  
  • Community groups    

Transfer of registration fees are 50% of the annual registration fee.

Pre-purchase inspections are charged at 50% of the annual registration fee.

Additional information may be provided about food premises and food safety including:

  • Inspection of premises
  • Complaints
  • Food labelling matters
  • Random sampling of products.  This ensures compliance with the Food Act and Food Standards Code.
  • Education seminars and advice to proprietors
  • Any other general enquiries

The Environmental Health team at council can assist you with information regarding food premises within the municipality. 

Further information can be found on the Department of Health website.

Contact Council's Environmental Health Officers on (03) 5871 9222 for the appropriate form.

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