Registration / Notification of a Food Business - Launceston City Council - Tasmania


You must have this registration or notification if you intend to operate a permanent, mobile or temporary food business. A food business is a business, enterprise or activity that involves the handling or production of food intended for sale or the sale of food (e.g. cafe, restaurant, bakery, food manufacturer, market food stall, food van, etc).

A temporary food business is a food business run from a temporary structure for a limited period, such as at a market, festival, fair, community event or street stall.

Temporary structures include, but are not limited to:

  • tents, marquees, any other temporary covered or uncovered structure
  • trestle tables, benches, boxes
  • any other stall or non-permanent food outlet

Applications for this approval must be made to your local council. The council will use a risk classification system (RCS) to classify your food businesses based on the risk presented to public health and safety. There are five risk classifications with P1 being the highest risk category, to the lowest risk category of P4.

The risk category assigned determines whether registration or notification is required:

  • P1, P2 and P3 - business must be registered with local council
  • P3-N and P4 - business must notify their local council

Please be aware that you are required to comply with the requirements of the Food Standards Code and Act to maintain this registration or notification and your premises or structure and food handling may be inspected at any time to ensure that it is compliant.

Businesses that do not require this registration / notification include those that:

  • handle food only by transporting or delivering it in a food transport vehicle
  • handle food in their family day care business
  • operate as part or in connection with a dairy premises
  • operate as part or in connection with a business operating under food safety scheme

If you are conducting your food business in whole or in part from a mobile structure then a certificate of registration from one council is sufficient to enable you to conduct your food business throughout the State. You must register with the local Council where your vehicle / stall is garaged.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration your application must be:

  • in an approved form
  • accompanied by any specified documents
  • accompanied by the required fees.

Some councils may require you to provide design and fit-out specifications of the premises with your application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


12 months, unless a lesser time is specified.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $176.00 Low risk food business registration.
Apply Application All $197.00 Medium risk food business registration.
Apply Application All $283.00 High risk food business registration.
Apply Application All $27.00 Temporary food business, up to one week
Apply Application All $82.00

Temporary food business, one week to two months

Apply Application All $128.00

Temporary food business, two to six months

Apply Application All $197.00

Temporary food business, six months to one year

Apply Inspection All $156.00 Environmental Health Officer request for service - non statutory requirements (charged per hour)
Apply Licence All $175.46 New food business and applicable food registration
Apply Licence All $176.00 Low risk food business.
Apply Licence All $197.00 Medium risk food business.
Apply Licence All $283.00 High risk food business.

Act(s) name

Food Act 2003 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Food Regulations 2012 Tasmania

Additional information

When you apply, you may be assigned a risk classification of low, medium or high. Risk classification is based on a number of factors and may include the following:

  • the types of food being handled and sold
  • processing and handling methods
  • business size or business reach
  • whether your customers are from a high-risk population.

Administering agency

Launceston City Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries Officer, Environmental Health Services

Launceston City Council

Operating address: 18 - 28 St John Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Mailing address: PO BOX 396
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Phone: 03 6323 3000
Website: Launceston City Council (Opens in new window)