Register your food business

Why do you need to register your business?

In Victoria, you need to register the following with your local council:

  • any business (home or commercial) that sells food or drink
  • any premises where food is prepared for sale (or provided as part of a service).

We check that your business aligns with the Food Act 1984 and Food Safety Standards to ensure that the food you sell is safe to eat.

 

 

What is a food business?

Any home based or commercial business that includes these services is considered a food business:

  • cafes
  • restaurants
  • home business kitchens
  • mobile food vehicles
  • catering
  • food stalls
  • grocers
  • supermarkets
  • child care centres
  • aged care facilities
  • any businesses that offers or distributes food for sale

 

What risk rating is my business activity?

Your food business will be classified according to its food safety risk and food handling activities occurring at the premises.

There are five classes: 1, 2, 3A, 3 and 4.  Classes 1, 2, 3A and 3 must register and Class 4 must notify your local council.

For more information on your risk rating visit the Victorian Department of Health.

 

How much does it cost?

View full list of fees

 

How to register

  1. If you are considering starting a Class 1, 2, 3A and 3 food business (including a home based food business), discuss your ideas with our Statutory planning team who can help you with the requirements outlined in the Manningham Planning Scheme.
     
  2. Download and read the following fact sheets:

    For a home based food business:
    Home Based Food Business Fact Sheet
    Home Based Food Business Fact Sheet
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    For a commercial food business:
    Commercial Food Business Fact Sheet
    Commercial Food Business Fact Sheet
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  3. Download and complete the supporting documentation to upload with your application:
     
    Supporting documentation for registering a food premise
    Supporting documentation for registering a food premise
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    Planning needs for home based food businesses
    Planning needs for home based food businesses
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  4. Select 'Apply now' below to start the pre-approval process:

    Apply now

 

How to notify

  1. If you are a Class 4 business retailing pre-packaged, low-risk foods, and have certain other low-risk or occasional activities, you can complete this notification form.
     
    Notification form for Class 4 food premises
    Notification form for Class 4 food premises
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  2. Send your completed form to foodsafety@manningham.vic.gov.au

Purchasing an existing business?

  1. Before you purchase a food business, we recommend you book a pre-sale inspection. 

    At the inspection, we check the premises meets the necessary standards and regulations so you can negotiate any outstanding items before settlement. You then need to register before you take over and operate the food business. 
     
    Request a food pre-sale inspection form
    Request a food pre-sale inspection form
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  2. Select 'Apply now' below to start the pre-approval process:

    Apply now 

What happens next?

  • We will contact you and issue an invoice once we receive your application.
  • After your pre-approval has been finalised, you will need to obtain a Food Safety Supervisor Training certificate.
  • Once you have been registered, we will conduct an annual inspection to ensure your business meets the requirements under the Food Act 1984. We will also offer ongoing advice and education.
  • If you change your business activity, contact us as this may affect your risk rating.

 

How to cancel your registration?

To cancel your registration, email your closure advice to manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au. Include in the email:

  • the proprietors name
  • the proprietors address and
  • if you can get a refund, the bank account details (BSB and account name).

 

Can you get a refund?

You can get a refund if cancel your registration.

The amount of the refund depends on when we receive your closure advice email.

  • before 1 April - we refund 50 per cent of the paid registration fee
  • before 1 July - we refund 25 per cent of the paid registration fee
  • after 1 July - no refund available.