Buying an Existing Food Business

Transferring the Registration of Food Premises

When a taking over the operation of an existing food premises, Monash Council advise you to organise an inspection of the premises under the Food Act 1984 prior to negotiating the purchase. Once the premise is transferred into your name, any outstanding food safety requirements will become your responsibility.

To arrange an inspection of a food premises prior to purchasing, you must lodge both:

A report will be provided within the timeframe that you have indicated on the Request for Inspection Form

Class 1 & 2 Business must also:

  • Obtain a Food Safety Program & Food Safety Supervisor Certificate and submit a copy upon settlement

Class 3 Businesses must also:

Class 4 Businesses must also:

Please note, if your business is in either Class 1 or 2 and holds a QA Food Safety Program, a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate is not required to be submitted.

Approvals and permits

Council now offers a streamlined online single application form and specialist customer service through a Business Application Officer to assist you up front and throughout your permit process (checklists and tools to guide you through assessing and applying for the right permits). Visit: Starting or Buying a Business - Business Application Form


Relevant fees apply to each permit. The Business Application Officer will arrange payment after you have completed the online application.

Permit Fees (pdf, 86KB)

The 'Request for Inspection Form' is not a part of the Single Application Form. It should be lodged separately and include relevant fee.

Payment methods.

  • In person (cash/cheque/credit) - 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley  OR  3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh
  • By mail - forward cheque or money order Public Health Unit, PO Box 1, GLEN WAVERLEY  VIC  3150
    Please do not send cash through the mail.

Making alteration to your business?

Food Premises Design & Fit out Guidelines (pdf, 873KB) have been developed to assist in altering a food premises, in line with the Food Standards Code. 

If you decide to undertake any works, it is highly recommended to submit copies of plans to Council's Public Health Unit for approval prior to commencement of any works.  If plans are not submitted, any works undertaken must comply with the Food Standards Code and is the responsibility of the business proprietor.

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Last updated: 14 August 2020