Registration / Notification of Fixed Food Premises - Victoria

Description

You will require this registration / notification if you intend to operate a food business (meaning a business, enterprise or activity) from a fixed (permanent) premise in any commercial, charitable or community circumstance, including on a one-off basis, involving the handling of food intended for sale or the sale of food for human consumption.

The types of premises covered include the whole or any part of a building, other permanent structure and / or pontoon.

Food includes any product intended for human consumption (whether it is live, raw, prepared or partly prepared but excluding a therapeutic good) and may also include live animals and plants.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Licence

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 / notification you must:

  • have a fixed or permanent food premises
  • provide a Food Safety Program with your application (if class 2)
  • meet any other requirements that apply under the Food Act, as explained to you by the council
  • make an application for registration to the relevant Council in the approved form
  • pay the fees (if any) as determined by the relevant council.

Please consult the responsible council for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Additional registration or approvals may be required (for example, planning), and you may be subject to third party auditing.

You must comply with all conditions, requirements or obligations imposed by the Council or under the Act or Regulations, including the Food Standards Code, Food Safety Program, Council Inspections and labelling requirements.

Failure to comply may result in your registration being revoked or suspended.

Duration

One year - annual renewal is required.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

As fees vary depending on the class and size of your business, please consult the responsible council for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Registration / Notification of Fixed Food Premises - Please contact the responsible council for application forms and registration details.
Apply All Application for Property Enquiry Inspection - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Information: Starting a Food Business - What You Need to Know (Opens in new window)
Apply All Food Safety Program - FoodSmart Templates (Opens in new window)
Apply All Free Online Food Handler Learning Program (Opens in new window)
Apply All Food Businesses Home Delivery Guide (Opens in new window)
Apply All Hygienic Food Preparation and Handling in Food Businesses - Please contact the responsible council for application forms and registration details.
Apply All Personal Hygiene for People Working with Food (Opens in new window)
Apply All Food Businesses - Safe Food Preparation, Storage and Display (Opens in new window)
Apply All Food Safety Legislation and Regulations (Opens in new window)
Apply All Food Business Classification Tool (Opens in new window)
Apply All Food Safety Programs - Class 2 (Opens in new window)
Apply All Food Safety Programs - Class 1 (Opens in new window)
Apply All Guide to Food Safety Regulation for Community Groups - Food Fundraisers - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.
Apply All Food Safety Guide for Community Groups - Class 3 (Opens in new window)
Apply All Health Services - New Food Premises Assessment - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All So, You Want to Run a Food Business (Opens in new window)
Comply All Fact Sheet: Food Safety Standards - Premises and Equipment - PDF (Opens in new window)
Comply All Fact Sheet: Starting up a New Food Business - PDF (Opens in new window)
Comply All Fact Sheet: Food Safety Standards - Food Safety Practices and General Requirements - PDF (Opens in new window)
Comply All Food Safety Program Information (Opens in new window)

Additional information

There are four classes of food premises: class 1 (highest risk), class 2, class 3 and class 4 (lowest risk). The purpose of the classification system is to ensure that the level of regulation is better matched to the level of food safety risk associated with the food handling activities at different types of premises. The greater the chance of something going wrong during the food handling process, and the greater the potential impact on people?s health, the higher the level of regulation. The system sets out different food safety requirements for each class based on the food safety risks of its highest risk food handling activity.

The classes are:

  • Class 1: Hospitals, child care centres and listed facilities for the aged, at which ready to eat potentially hazardous food is served.
  • Class 2: Other premises that handle potentially hazardous unpackaged foods.
  • Class 3: Premises handling unpackaged low risk foods, selling potentially hazardous pre-packaged foods, or the warehousing or distribution of pre-packaged foods.
  • Class 4: Premises that only handle pre-packaged low risk foods, and certain other low risk or occasional activities. Class 1, 2 and 3 premises must be registered.
Class 4 premises must be notified. Notification is for premises with the lowest risk food handling, and is once-off, with no fee payable.

Administering agency

City of Melbourne

Contact details

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

Health Services Officer

City of Melbourne

Operating address: 90 - 120 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 1603
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 9658 8858
Fax: 03 9650 1026
Email: health@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Website: City of Melbourne (Opens in new window)