Under the Victorian Food Act 1984, a person must register the premises where food is prepared for sale (or provided as part of a service) and includes cafes, restaurants, domestic kitchens, mobile food vehicles, food stalls, child care centres, aged care facilities etc.
You should read the information below on Setting up a Food Business, Food Safety Program and Food Safety Supervisor requirements and contact the Health Department on 9840 9256 if you have any further questions.
Food Business Classifications
The New Food Premises Classification System can help you determine what class of food business you belong to. You must confirm your classification with your EHO before proceeding any further with your application.
If you fall under class 4, you do not need to register however, you must submit to Council a Notification of a Food Premises (92 KB). Council 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 plans for approval prior to any structural works / refurbishments commencing on any building or premises.
You must comply with the Food Standards Australia New Zealand - Standard 3.2.3 (Food Premises and Equipment).
You cannot legally operate unless you satisfy all Food Act requirements and have been granted Food Act registration.
Setting up a Food Premises (247.2 KB) provides an overview of the registration process and includes an application for plan approval. Plan approval fees start at $200.
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.
Class 3 premises can choose to use either a Food Safety Program Template or keep the Minimum Records as required under the Food Act.
Review a list of current Manningham food businesses that have received the five star food safety rating.
Food Safety Supervisors
Class 1 and 2 food businesses must nominate a Food Safety Supervisor and submit a Statement of Attainment to Council, which meets the Minimum Competency Standards.
For a list of Recognised Training Organisations visit Training Victoria.
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
Once a final business inspection is deemed satisfactory, 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.
Please note, permits may also be required from other Council departments. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all appropriate permits have been sought.
For more information call Council's Health and Local Laws Team on 9840 9333.
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 a online service request or with Council's Health and Local Laws Team 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 Assesments
Council's Environmental Health Officers conduct a Five Star Food Safety Awards program in accordance with the Five Star Food Safety Assessment Guide (907.58 KB)