If you are starting a new business you must contact the Gannawarra Shire Council to ensure you comply with the Food Act 1984 requirements.
The Food Act 1984 requires that all businesses that handle, prepare, package, store, serve, supply and repackage food must be registered with their local council.
Go to our Forms page to register a Food Premises.
For the latest information regarding fees and charges, please view the current financial year Fees and Charges schedule, which you can do by clicking here.
Under the Food Act, all food premises (new and existing) belong to one of four classes.
Anyone interested in setting up a new food business or considering altering an existing premises should contact the Environmental Health team prior to starting work. Plans of the proposed set up of the premises need to be submitted for approval.
Council's Environmental Health Officers routinely perform inspections of food premises to ensure food safety standards are followed and public health is protected.
Prior to purchasing an existing food business, it is wise to have the premises checked by an Environmental Health Officer. To arrange an inspection, please complete the following request for an inspection form.
Please note that written consent from the existing proprietor of premises is required prior to an inspection report from an Environmental Health Officer being released to the purchaser.
To transfer the registration, complete the relevant form based on your classification and submit this form and the relevant fee to the Health Services Unit. This form must be completed by both the new and existing proprietors.
If trading from a temporary structure (ie. food stall, marquee, cart etc) or from a mobile food/beverage vehicles you need to apply on the Streatrader website.
Temporary premises also include the temporary use of a kitchen not owned or leased by the food business. For example, if you are cooking cakes out of a hired kitchen to sell later, you need to register your use of this kitchen as a temporary food premises.
Trading on council property or public land like a roadside or footpath may also require a Roadside Trading Permit. Go to our Business Permits page for more information.