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Registering your food business

All businesses that sell or handle food must be registered with the appropriate authority.

Your business registration needs to be renewed each year.

Food Businesses Registered with Council

Most food businesses are registered with the council from where their business is located or where their food vehicle is garaged.

All new food businesses that have passed a final inspection must apply for registration.

To apply to register your business, you can either fill in the required section of the Small Business Combined Permit Application Form or download and complete the application form below.

Submit either of these, with the required supporting documentation, and an officer will call you to take payment over the phone. Alternatively, you can submit the form below, along with the supporting documents, and pay in person at any of our Customer and Library Service Centres.

Renewing Registration

Registration of your business is renewed annually. The registration period is from 1 January to the 31 December each year.

We inspect registered food businesses regularly to check that they still comply with the requirements of the Food Act 1984. If your business continues to meet all requirements, we send out an application for renewal of registration at the end of each year.

Your application is reviewed, and if it is approved we provide you with a renewal certificate of registration.

This certificate must remain at the premises always.

Note: Operating an unregistered food business is an offence under the Food Act 1984.

Other Registration Authorities

Registering a Meat or Seafood Business

Businesses that predominantly process meat or seafood must be registered with PrimeSafe. Contact on phone 03 9685 7333.

Registering a Dairy Business

Businesses that are predominantly involved in dairy processing are registered with Dairy Food Safety Victoria. Contact on phone 03 9810 5900.

Note: A food business can only be registered or licensed with one registering authority.

This page was last updated on 9 November 2020.