Setting Up a New Food Business

Before planning any Food Business please refer to Monash Council’s Public Health Food Premises Design & Fit Out Guidelines (pdf, 873KB). This will assist you in ensuring your premises meet the requirements of the Food Standards Code.

What do I need to do to set up a new food business? 

The following are steps to help you set up your new food business.

  1. Obtain approval and permits from other relevant authorities. This includes Council’s Planning and Building departments – call 9518 3555 and other relevant authorities e.g. Yarra Valley Water/South East Water
  2. Determine Risk Class of business under the Food Act 1984 and relevant requirements. Access this information on the Department of Health website
  3. Lodge 2 copies of plans including specifications or request an inspection of unregistered premises if using an existing building.  A written report/endorsement will be provided in both cases.  Please allow extra time if additional information is required when submitting plans - This step is highly recommended to ensure the business complies with the Health & Safety requirements and should be done prior to commencing any works or improvements to the premises
  4. Obtain a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate and Food Safety Program for Class 1 & 2 businesses or a copy of the Minimum Records for Class 3 businesses
  5. Contact Council’s Public Health unit for progress and final inspections
  6. Submit an Application to Register a New Food Premises Form (pdf, 834KB) form with relevant payment
  7. Registration Certificate issued (under Food Act 1984)
  8. Commence operating business and implement Food Safety Program (Class 1 & 2) or Minimum Records (Class 3)

Again, Council would recommend that you submit two copies of plans to scale (1:100) to Council's Public Health Department for endorsement - Step 3.  Please note if plans are not submitted, any works undertaken must comply with the Food Standards Code.

How can I submit the form to Council? 

All forms can be submitted via the following methods. Please refer to your relevant form for applicable fees.

  • By fax (credit card) - complete the Payment form (pdf, 114KB) with your credit card details and fax to 03 9518 3444
  • In person (cash/cheque/credit) -  293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley  OR  3 Atherton Road, Oakleigh
  • By mail - forward cheque or money order to Public Health Unit, PO Box 1, GLEN WAVERLEY  VIC  3150
    Please do not send cash through the mail.       

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Last updated: 04 September 2018