What you need to know

Food permit

Food permit

All businesses that store, prepare, handle, serve and sell food must be registered/notified under the Food Act.

Your business must be classified according to the highest level of risk of your food handling activities.

If you would like assistance in setting up your small business, contact our Small Business Engagement Officer on 9243 8866 or email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

For a better understanding of risk levels, visit Food Business Classifications.

Opening a food business or changing ownership

All new businesses or existing business that have changed ownership must be registered under the Food Act 1984.

What’s new?

New Changes to legislation for ownership of food businesses

Effective 1 July 2021 new changes to legislation for ownership of food businesses will apply. You will no longer be able to Transfer your Registration.

The amendments made to the Food Act 1984 can be found by viewing the Food Amendment Act 2020.

If you require an inspection prior to the Food business changing ownership, you can request a Condition of Premises Inspection report (pdf, 114KB) to make sure you are aware of any outstanding orders or structural requirements placed on the business.

What do you need to do?

  1. Complete and submit a Small Business Application form.
  2. To ensure compliance with the food safety standards we ask that you also prepare some floor plans/drawings for your premises. The following guidelines will assist you with the business.

Commercial/mobile businesses

Home businesses    


If you intend to operate a temporary or mobile premise in Victoria you must also apply for state-wide registration via Streatrader.

What’s next?

Your application will be assigned to a Health Officer who will liaise with you throughout the process until you are ready to open.

Please allow 21 days from receipt of your documentation for your plans to be assessed.

If you would like assistance in setting up your small business in Moonee Valley, contact us on 9243 8866 or email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Food safety

Food safety requirements

Class type Do you require a Food Safety Program?  Are you required to maintain Minimum Records? Do you require a Food Safety Supervisor? 
1  Yes  No  Yes
2  Yes  No  Yes
3  No  Yes  No
4  No  No  No

Food Safety Programs templates and minimum record sheets

Class 1 and 2

Class 3

Food safety supervisors training

Find out more about food safety supervisor training

Class 3 and 4 food premises do not require a qualified Food Safety Supervisor.
Although there is free online training.

Food Safety Standards

The Food Safety Standards set the rules that you must comply with in the day-to-day operations of your business to ensure your food is safe.

Class 1, 2 and 3 premises must comply with these standards.

Food safety complaints

We conduct regular food premise inspections and investigate complaints to make sure food safety regulations are met.

If you suspect that someone is selling food without a permit:
Call Citizens Services on 9243 8888 or report a food sale without a permit online

Fees and charges

All businesses that store, prepare, handle, serve and sell food must be registered/notified under the Food Act.

Food Act Fee
Commercial   Class 1 & 2 Class 3
Initial registration (January – March) $955 $865
Initial Registration Pro Rata (April – June) $785 $720
Initial Registration Pro Rata (July – September) $620 $575
Initial Registration Pro Rata (October – December) $450 $425
Registration for each employee after 10 $30 $30
Renewal $675 $585
Notification – Class 4 Exempt
Community Group
Initial registration and renewal $225
Notification – Class 4 Exempt
Other fees
Request for condition of premises report $242

Need more information?

Food Act 1984

Food Amendment Act 2020

Australian Food Safety Standards 3.2.2

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How to appeal an Infringement

If you are issued with an infringement for a premises registered with council, you can apply to have the matter reviewed. To apply for internal review, please complete and submit an online application.