Starting a new food business or buying an existing food premises
New food premises
If you are proposing to establish new food premises, the following must be done before you start trading.
Planning and building permits
Contact our Planning and Building departments to find out if you need permits for the proposed works. Visit planning and building for more information.
Understanding the food standards code
Our Environmental Health Officers can help you to understand what your business will need to do to meet the requirements of the code and be registered. They will classify your food business, explain if you need a food safety program and supervisor, and anything else you need to do to comply.
Pass an inspection
A final inspection of the premises must be completed by an Environmental Health Officer to confirm compliance with the Food Standards Code before approval is given. At the final inspection, it is expected that any refrigeration equipment, hot and cold holding units, exhaust systems are operational, and that there is a supply of hot and cold water to all plumbing fixtures.
Register your business
All businesses that sell or handle food must be registered with the appropriate authority. Your business registration needs to be renewed each year.
Buying an existing food premises
When purchasing an existing food premises you should:
- organise an inspection to ensure it complies with the requirements of the Food Act 1984
- register the business (even if an existing food registration already exists)
Requesting an inspection
To request an inspection:
- contact Council's Environmental Health Department on 03 5734 6200
- download and complete the premises inspection request form below
- get a signed consent disclosure form from the current business owner prior to the inspection
- return your documents to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres and pay the relevant fees in person; or
- return your documents to Mitchell Shire Council and an officer will call you to take payment over the phone.
Once an Environmental Health Officer has inspected the site, we will send you a report listing any works required to ensure that the business complies with the current food standards code and any other applicable regulations.
The current proprietor and purchaser can negotiate who will take responsibility for undertaking any necessary works.
Application to register a food premises
Whether you're starting a new business or buying an existing 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 businesses that have passed a final inspection must apply for registration.
To register your business:
Registering a Meat or Seafood Business
Undertaking alterations to an existing food premises
Before you begin renovating an existing food premises, you should:
- contact Environmental Health Services to discuss your proposal
- consult with Council’s Building Department and discuss the proposal to determine whether a new building permit is required
- obtain approval from Environmental Health Services prior to works beginning
- request a final inspection from Environmental Health Services once works are completed.
This page was last updated on 5 August 2021.