If you are thinking about buying an existing food business or starting your own, there are some important things you should know. To protect Victorians, all food businesses must comply with State food laws, including the Food Act. Before you consider purchasing a food business, make sure that you read the Department of Health's publication How To Run a Food Business.
Council offers a service to review and endorse premises plans so that we can assess compliance with the Food Act. To avoid the risk of delays and extra costs if extra building works or alterations are needed to obtain registration, make sure that you arrange an assessment before registering your new business.
Application process for new business
- Submit application form – 'Submitting Plans for Approval for a Food or Health Business' – with the premises plans.
- Submit application form – 'Application for Food Premises Registration' – with the premises plans and applicable fee.
- Arrange to have an assessment of the premises done once you have sent in your application form or plan approval form.
- You will receive a Certificate of Registration once Council is satisfied that compliance with the standards and statutory requirements has been achieved.
Purchasing an existing business
- Before purchasing an existing business, you must arrange a transfer inspection. Submit the request for information and documents application so that a transfer inspection can be arranged.
- Council will arrange the inspection of the premises will be arranged once it has received the request for information and documents form.
- A copy of the transfer inspection report and application to transfer the premises will be sent to you.
- Submit the application to transfer the premises along with the appropriate fee.
- You will receive a Certificate of Registration once Council is satisfied compliance with the standards and statutory requirements has been achieved.