Food Businesses

Food businesses must maintain their premises and all equipment in a clean and sanitary condition. Council's Environmental Health Officers routinely inspect, monitor and regulate premises where food is prepared and sold to the public for consumption.

This includes commercial kitchens, food stalls and mobile food vehicles at public events.

For information relating to the preparation and sale of food for community groups and charitable organisations, click here


Food businesses must be registered

The Food Act 2003 requires that all businesses intending to handle or sell any type of food to be registered. This includes home-based businesses and charitable organisations that sell food for fundraising. Registration must be renewed annually. For new businesses, an additional Notification Form must also be completed.

Notification of a Food Business
Food Business Registration Application / Renewal Form


Food sold at specific events

If you are planning an event where food will be provided or sold to members of the public, you will need to apply for Registration of a Temporary Food Business.

Registration of a Temporary Food Business Application


Mobile food businesses

If your food business is mobile, it is also required to be registered. You can choose Temporary Registration for a specific event or you can apply for Statewide Registration.

Temporary Food Business Registration Application Form
Statewide Mobile Food Business Application Form
Guidelines for Mobile Food Businesses

In addition to registration, if you intend to operate your mobile food business in the Meander Valley municipal area from a public street or property owned or managed by Council, you are required to obtain a Vendor's Permit.

Vendors Permit Application Form
Guidelines for Operating a Mobile Food Business in Meander Valley


Operating on a road reserve or footpath

If you wish to offer on-street dining options, then you will need to apply for Council approval to use a portion of the footpath or road reserve.

Road Occupation Licence Application / Renewal Form


Food Businesses - planning, design and construction

Starting a new business can be costly if you do not obtain the relevant approvals. Approvals for new food premises or alterations to existing food premises may require:

• Planning Permission
• Building Approval
• Plumbing Approval
• Health Approvals

Before you embark on a new business venture, contact one of Council's Town Planners on 6393 5300 to discuss your proposal.

For general information on design and construction requirements and the steps you are required to undertake before operating a food business, see the Helpful Documents sidebar on the right of this page.


Temperature control, cleaning and sanitising

Implementing regular cleaning schedules and undertaking steps to ensure food remains at the correct temperature minimises bacteria growth and the spread of food poisoning. For more information and to download helpful templates click here


Food labelling requirements

Food labels ensure consumers can make informed choices. Food for retail sale must be labelled in accordance with the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.

For an overview of labelling requirements, see the Helpful Documents to the right at the top of this page. For more information and to access food lablelling calculators, click on the links below.

Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code
Nutritional Panel Calculator

Country of Origin Online Labelling Tool