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Starting a new food business may require you to obtain permits, licences or registration across our departments or from other organisations.
We can help you with:
Our small business permit assistance form is designed to help you understand the relevant permits you will need from us.
Complete the small business assistance form
Our feedback will offer:
An Environmental Health Officer will contact you by email or phone to confirm your food business classification.
Generally, before you start your business fit-out, you need to send us a copy of your plans for review.
However, if you require language assistance or if this is your first business and have concerns you want advice on before you sign a lease, then we can inspect before you submit plans. Call us on 9457 9965 to arrange.
Submit your plans(PDF, 167KB)
Complete the form and email it to us at email@example.com
Be sure to consult our Guidelines for Food Premises Design and Equipment(PDF, 116KB) and, if it applies, our Guide to Setting Up a Home-based Food Business(PDF, 476KB).
We will assess your plans and contact you within 10 business days to provide feedback.
Now is a good time to prepare your food safety program or guide, as well as get your food safety supervisor certificate.
Call or email us when you are ready for a registration inspection.
An Environmental Health Officer will visit your business on the date scheduled to work through our checklist of requirements.
If your business meets all requirements, then you are ready to apply for registration.
We will provide you with the application form in person, which you must complete and send to us with the relevant fee.
Include your food safety supervisor certificate and a copy of your company extract, if they apply to your business.
You will be notified near the end of each calendar year to renew your registration online.
There are 4 risk classes of food premises: each with unique registration or notification requirements from Health Victoria.
Our job is to classify your business according to the food safety risk it presents.
Class 1 and 2 food businesses must have a food safety program.
They also must nominate a food safety supervisor.
Class 3 food businesses must have a food safety guide.
Class 4 food business is the lowest risk type of business, and the Public Health Protection team will inform you on next steps.
If you are considering working in the food industry, try the free Do Food Safely online food safety learning program and get informed about food allergies.