New food premises
Under the provisions of the Food Act 1984, any business or groups that wishes to sell food (including alcohol) must register or notify (depending on class/business activities) with us.
Our planning and building teams will also need to be consulted as well as the local water authority, North East Water.
To become registered, you must complete the follow steps:
Step one - Submit a floor plan
Submit an application form for plans approval. Provide two scaled floor plans of the proposed food premises to our environmental health team for assessment showing:
Our environmental health officer (EHO) will assess the submitted plans against the Food Safety Standards.
Once plans have been approved construction and/or fit-out of premises can be completed.
Step two - Apply for registration
Complete the application to register a food premises form and return to us with the applicable fee.
The types of foods provided will determine the class of food business under the Food Act 1984.
The class will then determine the level of record keeping needed for the business and what the food safety program requirements will be. To determine what class of food premises will apply based on your level of risk, please visit the Business Classification Tool.
As part of the application process Class 1 and 2 businesses need to have a food safety program in place and ensure the person nominated for the role of the food safety supervisor has completed the relevant training as this will need to be supplied to us.
For further information on these requirements, please phone our environmental health team on (02) 6022 9300 or visit the Department of Health's food safety website.
Step three - Arrange a final inspection
Our environmental health officer will complete an inspection of the food premises once works are completed to ensure they meet the approved plans.
Step four - Approval
We will issue a Certificate of Registration. Your premises must not open prior to receiving the Certificate of Registration. It is an offence under the Food Act 1984 to operate a food business without being registered.
Visit business.vic.gov.au for in-depth information on how to start a new business/obtain correct registrations.
All fees are outlined in the Environmental Health fees and charges sheet
Last updated: 23-08-2016
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