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.

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

NOTE: If you would like to operate a food business from residential home, visit: Home-Based Food Businesses

Please note that to enable you to complete the above process, you will need to give consideration to the following:

  1. Enquire as to whether approval and permits from other relevant authorities are required. 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 and Human Services website

  3. Lodge copies of plans including specifications or request an inspection of an unregistered of the 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 Food Standards Code and should be done prior to commencing any works or improvements to the premises. The plans may be different to those submitted to Planning Department.


  • For a temporary or mobile premises, you need to apply for a permit using:
  • If your business primarily involves the manufacturing or production of dairy, red meat, poultry or seafood, you will need to register your business with Dairy Food Safety Victoria or PrimeSafe instead of Council.


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

Permit Fees (pdf, 86KB)

Payment methods:

  • 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: 14 August 2020