Food business registration

If you’re thinking about buying an existing food business or starting your own, you will need to comply with current food laws. You will also need to register your business with us. 

There are four different types of food businesses, which are categorised by risk:

  • Class 1 - Serving food to customers at higher risk e.g nursing homes, hospitals and child care centres.
  • Class 2 - Manufacturing or handling of unpackaged, food which requires temperature control e.g restaurant, cafe
  • Class 3 - Handling low risk food or wholesale of pre-packaged food, or selling pre-packaged, potentially hazardous food e.g bakery, home based food business such as cake making.
  • Class 4 - Selling only shelf-stable, pre-packaged food e.g newsagent, bottleshop

New business

Step 1.Speak to an Environmental Health Officer

We strongly recommend you speak to one of our Environmental Health Officers about your application. They can give you advice and tips to ensure you complete your application correctly. 

Step 2.Gather your documents

To register your new food business, you'll need to submit the following:

If you are registering a Class 1 or Class 2 business, you must have an Food Safety Program and someone must have completed food safety supervision training. You will need to submit: 

  • A copy of your Food Safety Program 
  • A copy of food safety training certificate

Step 3.Submit your application

You can submit your application to us via:

Step 4.Pay the registration fee

Once we have received your application, we will issue you with an invoice for registration. The following fees apply:

  • Class 1 - $612
  • Class 2 - $510
  • Class 3 - $255
  • Class 4 - Free

There is also a $200 new premises inspection fee. 

Step 5.Inspection

One of our Environmental Health Officers will contact you to discuss your application, and arrange a pre-registration inspection of your premises

Step 6.Approval

Once your premises is compliant, you will be issued with a certificate of registration and can commence trading!

Step 7.Annual renewal

You will need to renew your registration and have your premises inspected each year. The following fees apply, which include the inspection fee.

  • Class 1 - $561
  • Class 2 - $459
  • Class 3 - $204
  • Class 4 - Free

Transfer a business

When purchasing an existing food business, you must apply for a new Food Act registration in your business or company name.

Once purchased, before the existing food business can be registered with new proprietors, we will need to inspect the premises for compliance with the Food Standards Code and the Food Act.

If you would like to arrange an inspection prior to purchasing a business, this can be arranged for an additional $200 fee. Please contact the Environmental Health Team if you wish to arrange an additional inspection.

Step 1.Speak to an Environmental Health Officer

We strongly recommend you speak to one of our Environmental Health Officers about your application. They can give you advice and tips to ensure you complete your application correctly. 

Step 2.Gather your documents

To transfer a food business into your name, you'll need to submit the following:

If you are registering a Class 1 or Class 2 business, you must have an Food Safety Program and someone must have completed food safety supervision training. You will need to submit: 

  • A copy of your Food Safety Program 
  • A copy of food safety training certificate

Step 3.Submit your application

You can submit your application to us via:

Step 4.Pay the registration fee

Once we have received your application for transfer, we will issue you with an invoice for registration. Fees as below:

  • Class 1 - $612
  • Class 2 - $510
  • Class 3 - $255
  • Class 4 - Free

There is also a $200 premises inspection fee.

Step 5.Inspection

One of our Environmental Health Officers will contact you to discuss your application, and arrange a pre-registration inspection of the premises

Step 6.Approval

Once your premises is compliant, you will be issued with a certificate of registration and can commence trading!

Step 7.Annual renewal

You will need to renew your registration and have your premises inspected each year. The following fees apply, which include the inspection fee:

  • Class 1 - $561
  • Class 2 - $459
  • Class 3 - $204
  • Class 4 - Free

Mobile food business

All temporary and mobile food businesses must be registered using the Victorian Government's Streatrader website. 

Step 1.Speak to an Environmental Health Officer

We strongly recommend you speak to one of our Environmental Health Officers about your application. They can give you advice and tips to ensure you complete your application correctly. 

Step 2.Complete your online application

Go to the Streatrader website to create an account and complete an online application. Your application will be sent to us for review. If further information is required, an Environmental Health Officer will contact you to discuss. 

Please note, if you are registering a Class 2 food business, you must have a Food Safety Program and someone must have completed food safety supervision training. You will need to submit to us:

  • A copy of your Food Safety Program
  • A copy of food safety training certificate 

Step 3.Pay the registration fee

Once we have received your application, we will issue you with an invoice for payment of the registration fee. The following fees apply:

  • Class 1 - $612
  • Class 2 - $510
  • Class 3 - $255
  • Class 4 - Free
  • Premises Assessment Fee - $200

Approval generally takes about 21 days. 

Step 4.Inspection & Approval

One of our Environmental Health Officers will contact you to discuss your application and arrange a pre-registration inspection of your mobile premises. Once your mobile food premises is deemed compliant, your application will be approved and you will receive a certificate of registration from Council.

Step 5.Lodge a Statement of Trade

Once your application is approved, you will need to lodge a Statement of Trade (SOT) to let us know when and where you want to operate. This is done via your account on the Streatrader website. You can lodge a SOT via Streatrader to trade in any Victorian council area.

You need to lodge a SOT at least 5 days before trading. There is no fee to lodge a SOT.

If the information in your SOT is incorrect or changes, you can lodge a new one via Streatrader. 

Once your SOT is approved on Streatrader, you can commence trading!

Step 6.Obtain any relevant permits

If you plan to trade on Council land, you may also need to obtain a Itinerant Trading Permit.

Step 7.Annual Renewal

You will need to renew your registration and have your premises inspected each year. The following fees apply:

  • Class 1 - $561
  • Class 2 - $459
  • Class 3 - $204
  • Class 4 - Free