Registration / Notification of a Food Business - Western Australia


Before selling or producing food intended for sale from a fixed, mobile or temporary premises (including vans), you are required to notify or register with the appropriate agency. This will be either:

  • the local council where your business will be located
  • the Department of Health.

The agency that you will need to notify or register with will depend on the location of your business and the type of food you will sell. The Department of Health is the appropriate agency for food businesses related to:

  • public hospitals
  • dairy (primary production, processing, transportation)
  • seafood (primary production or manufacturing of bivalve molluscs).

The relevant local council is the appropriate agency for all other types of food businesses.

Please note that if you intend to purchase, establish or operate a food business in Kings Park, Rottnest Island, the State Athletics Stadium, or the WA Basketball Centre, you will need to contact the Department of Health to confirm what requirements you must meet.

If you intend to purchase, establish or operate any kind of food business, please contact the relevant enforcement agency for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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


Ongoing eligibility requirements

Registration conditions may be placed on your food business that ensure compliance with legislation.


Remains in force until cancelled.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $55.00

Registration / Notification.

Apply Application All $120.00

Home-based food business.

Apply Application All $900.00 Mobile food vehicle.
Apply Licence All -

High risk or medium risk food business: $490 per annum; Low risk food business: $245 per annum.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Food Act 2008 WA

Regulation(s) name

Food Regulations 2009 WA

Additional information

You will require a trade waste permit if your food business produces wastewater containing grease and fat. You will need to ensure that you comply with the conditions of this permit including the installation or upgrade of a grease arrestor.

Administering agency

City of Melville

Contact details

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

Health Officer

City of Melville

Operating address: 10 Almondbury Road
Booragoon, Western Australia 6154
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 1
Booragoon, Western Australia 6954
Phone: 08 9364 0666
Phone: 1300 635 845
Fax: 08 9364 0285
Website: City of Melville (Opens in new window)