A food business is any organisation that sells food or drink.
In Victoria, all food businesses must be registered through their local council and follow regulations to ensure that the food they sell is safe to eat.
If you are wanting to purchase an existing food business, please visit apply for a transfer of Food Business permit.
Under the Victorian Food Act 1984 (Food Act), you must register the premises where your food is prepared for sale (or provided as part of a service).
- domestic kitchens
- mobile food vehicles
- food stalls
- child care centres
- aged care facilities, and
- similar premises.
You should read the information below on Food Business Classifications, Setting up a Food Business, Food Safety Program and Food Safety Supervisor requirements to assist you in this process.
Food Business Classifications
Before registering, you must first identify which classification your food business falls under. Please refer to: Food Premises Classification System
If you fall under class 4, you do not need to register your food business. However, you must submit to Council a Notification of a Food Premises (92 KB). We may request further information to ensure you are not in a higher classification.
Setting up a Food Business / Altering a Food Business
It is recommended that you submit an application for pre-approval prior to any structural works or refurbishments commencing on any building or premises.
You must also ensure you have obtained any Planning or Building permits if required.
Pre-approval will be subject to compliance with the Food Standards Australia New Zealand - Standard 3.2.3 (Food Premises and Equipment).
You cannot legally operate a food business unless you satisfy all Food Act requirements and have been granted Food Act registration.
Commercial / Retail Food Businesses
- Commercial Kitchens Business Fact Sheet (393.4 KB) provides an overview of food safety requirements and the registration process.
- Commercial Kitchens Business Application Form (629.36 KB) provides an application for pre-approval.
Home Based Food Businesses
You must confirm with Council's Statutory Planning Department that your home is suitable for a 'Home Occupation' and does not breach planning regulations.
Find out more about these requirements and by reading the following documents.
- Home Based Food Business Fact Sheet (405.79 KB) provides an overview of food safety requirements and the registration process.
- Home Based Food Business Application Form (651.29 KB)
Food businesses must also ensure they have a Trade Waste agreement with Yarra Valley Water.
Please refer to the following documents or visit Yarra Valley Water for more information.
- Wastewater management requirements for a food business (339.49 KB)
- Trade Waste Application Form - Food Business (201.34 KB)
Food Safety Programs
Class 1 and 2 food businesses must complete and submit a Food Safety Program to Council.
Food Safety Supervisors
Class 1 and 2 food businesses must nominate a Food Safety Supervisor who has completed the required training. They must submit a Statement of Attainment to Council, which meets the Minimum Competency Standards.
To find Recognised Training Organisations (RTO's) visit My Skills.
If you are a Class 2 Community Group / Not For Profit organisation you are exempt from the Food Safety Supervisor requirement unless you operate for more than two consecutive days.
Annual Registration and Fees
Following a final inspection, you will receive an application to register in accordance with the Victorian Food Act 1984.
Annual registration fees are based on the type of operation and cover administration costs, compliance checks and statutory food sampling.
Council's Environmental Health Officers carry out the following duties:
- Inspect food premises to ensure food is being prepared and sold in a safe manner
- Conduct food safety program compliance checks
- Investigate food related complaints to trace sources of food poisoning or food contamination
- Conduct food sampling
- Conduct food recalls to remove contaminated food products from retail businesses
- Seize potentially unsafe food to prevent its sale.
Complaints relating to the operation of a food business or alleged food poisoning can be lodged with an online service request or by Contacting Council on 9840 9333.
Food Safety Breaches
Businesses can be prosecuted for food safety breaches if there has been serious non-compliance or a repeated failure to comply with food laws.
View the full Register of Convictions.
Five Star Food Safety Assessments
Council's Environmental Health Officers conduct a Five Star Food Safety Awards program in accordance with the Five Star Food Safety Assessment Guide (907.73 KB)
Review a list of current Manningham food businesses that have received the five star food safety rating.