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 independent Food Safety Program and someone must have completed food safety supervision training. You will need to submit: 

  • A copy of your independent 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 - $600
  • Class 2 - $500
  • Class 3 - $250
  • 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 - $550
  • Class 2 - $450
  • Class 3 - $200
  • Class 4 - Free

Transfer a business

When purchasing an existing food business, the Food Act registration must be transferred into the new proprietor’s name.

Before a premise can be transferred, we will need to inspect the site. It is recommended that you arrange an inspection of the business prior to purchase.

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 independent Food Safety Program and someone must have completed food safety supervision training. You will need to submit: 

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

Step 3.Submit your application

You can submit your application to us via:

  • Email: council@wangaratta.vic.gov.au
  • Post: PO Box 238 Wangaratta 3676
  • In person: Wangaratta Government Centre, 62 - 68 Ovens Street Wangaratta

Step 4.Pay the registration fee

Once we have received your application for transfer, we will issue you with an invoice for registration. The registration fee is 50% of the usual annual fee. You will pay:

  • Class 1 - $300
  • Class 2 - $250
  • Class 3 - $125
  • 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 - $550
  • Class 2 - $450
  • Class 3 - $300
  • 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 and approval. 

Step 3.Pay the registration fee

If we approve your application, we will issue you with an invoice via Streatrader. The following fees apply. 

  • Class 1 - $600
  • Class 2 - $500
  • Class 3 - $250
  • Class 4 - Free

Approval generally takes about 21 days. 

Step 4.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 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. 

Step 5.Approval

Once your SOT is approved, 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.