Starting a new food business

Stage 1 - Where do I start?

When constructing a new food business, certain approvals are obtained before others. You can reduce the possibility of costly mistakes by obtaining all the required approvals before starting the Suitability of Premises assessment stage.

Food License

Obtaining a food business licence is a two-stage assessment process. Stage one is a paper based food business fit-out assessment and stage two is the physical food business assessment and after this the licence is issued.  You should submit your licence application no less than 30 business days before you intend to open for trade. This will ensure that Council has enough time to assess your food business licence application. It is important to note that you cannot open for trade until Council has undertaken a final inspection and issued you with a licence.