Food Business Licences

Food safety is an important issue to the community. The correct construction, maintenance and operation of a food premises ensures the general community is protected from food that is not safe to eat. An important part of providing safe food is licensing.

Council is responsible for licensing food premises in accordance with the Food Act 2006 and the Food Safety Standards. The main purpose of the Food Act 2006 is to ensure food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption. The Food Safety Standards sets out the specific requirements for the food businesses and food handlers that, if complied with, will ensure food does not become unsafe or unsuitable. The standards also set out requirements for food premises and equipment that, if complied with, will facilitate compliance by food businesses with the food safety requirements.

The Act requires Council to monitor the standard of operations in fixed, mobile and temporary food premises. This monitoring is achieved by providing for the licensing of particular food businesses. Compliance with the Act will assist you in providing safe food for your customers.