Public Health Premises Information

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Food Businesses

In Victoria everyone who sells, prepares, manufactures, stores or transports food within Moorabool Shire Council needs to comply with the Food Act 1984 and the Food Standards Code.

Council works with food proprietors towards ensuring that all food being sold, manufactured or stored is safe for human consumption and to reduce the incidence of foodborne diseases. Council undertakes the following functions in relation to food safety:

  • The Registration of businesses under the Food Act 1984 (any business or person who prepares, sells, manufactures or packages food for public consumption). This includes businesses operating from home or those that store food at home to use in temporary and mobile food premises such as those at markets, fairs and festivals.
  • Regular inspections of food businesses to ensure compliance with food safety legislation, standards and codes.
  • Investigation of food related complaints.
  • Advising food businesses of relevant food recall details.
  • Investigations of food adulteration and food-borne illness.
  • Assisting new and existing businesses to ensure compliance with food legislation and standards and codes.
  • Undertaking food sampling to determine the presence of harmful bacteria, foreign objects or incorrect labelling.

There are four classes of food premises –Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4. This classification system ensures that the regulatory requirements are matched appropriately to the level of food safety risk associated undertaken at the respective premises.

Starting a Food Business

  1. Contact Council’s Planning and Building department to determine whether a planning or building permit is required.
  2. It is strongly recommended prior to undertaking any works at a proposed food premises or an existing food premises to submit a copy of plans for assessment. This will assist in approving your registration efficiently by ensuring that the premises comply with relevant standards and minimise the risk of having to undertake costly remedial work.
  • Two sets of plans should be submitted drawn to scale not less than 1:100 clearly show the premises layout, fixtures, fittings and equipment.
  • A description of materials to be used for all surfaces including floors, walls, benches etc should also be provided.
  • Location of waste disposal area, bin wash area, storage areas, toilets, cleaner’s sink etc.

In order for Council to properly assess your plans it is recommended that the plans be prepared by a draftsman or similar qualified person. Hand drawn plans will only be acceptable if plans are drawn as described above. Moorabool Shire Council has developed Guidelines Design and Construction of Premises (PDF, 266KB) that can assist you. Once plans are assessed and approved, the proprietor can fit out the food business.

            Where planning to operate a domestic kitchen, you must consider:

  • Maintenance of the kitchen where all walls, floors, ceilings, benches and cupboards are in good condition and finished with a smooth, durable surface suitable for the food activities being conducted.
  • Designated storage facilities provided for all cold, frozen and dry ingredients, food packaging materials, utensils and equipment and cleaning chemicals associated with the business.
  • Additional sinks may be required including a hand wash basin, food preparation sink and a double bowl sink for washing and sanitising.
  • Adequate ventilation of cooking equipment.
  • Refer to Preparing food in your home kitchen for sale at markets, Appendix 10- Home based food business (PDF,67KB)

  1. During construction or refit please contact Council’s EHO so that they can come out and visit to ensure compliance of the fit out with the requirements of the Food Act and the Food Standards Code

Pre-registration/alteration assessment (PDF, 232KB)

Application to Register Food Premises (PDF, 124KB)

Application to Renew Food Premises (PDF, 339KB)

Temporary Food and Mobile Food Premises

Food Businesses and community groups that sell food from a temporary site, such as a stall, van, trailer, community hall or vending machine and private water carters that transport and sell water for drinking must be registered on Streatrader. Streatrader is an online system for traders to register and notify temporary and mobile food premises and water transport vehicles in Victoria.

To operate a temporary or mobile food premises in Victoria you must:

  1. Register or notify your temporary and mobile food premises with one Council in order to operate anywhere in Victoria
  2. Lodge a statement of trade (SOT) to let all relevant councils know where and when you will be trading in their district.

https://streatrader.health.vic.gov.au/#

Purchasing an existing food business

Transfer of Registration

If you are selling a food premises or are thinking of purchasing a food business you need to complete an  Appication to Transfer Food Premises (PDF, 116KB). It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure the premises is compliant. This form must be completed by both the current and the proposed proprietor and submitted with the applicable transfer fee and food safety supervisors certificate.

The proposed proprietor can request an inspection of the premises with the consent of the current proprietor. Application form is .Request inspection and release of information of a registered premises (PDF, 24KB)

Food Safety Programs (FSP)

It is a legal requirement for all Class 1 and Class 2 food businesses to have a Food Safety Program. A Food Safety Program is a written plan that shows how your business will manage the safety of the food you prepare, serve, manufacture or sell.

The Food Safety Program can be the Department of Health and Human Services approved template (standard FSP) or be an Independent (non-standard) FSP (audited by a third party auditor). You can download the template from the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Food Safety Supervisor (FSS)

Class 1 and Class 2 food businesses must have a nominated Food Safety Supervisor in your business, as part of your Food Safety Program. The Food Safety Supervisor is a person who:

  • knows how to recognise, prevent and reduce hazards associated with food handling in your food premises
  • has a Statement of Attainment that shows the required food safety competencies from a registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • has the ability and authority to supervise other people handling food at your premises and ensure that food handling is done safely

Class 1 and Class 2 food businesses are required to provide Council with the name and qualifications of the FSS by submitting the Food Safety Supervisor’s Statement of Attainment. Further information can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Community Groups

If you are a community group or not-for-profit body wanting to raise funds by selling food for example sausage sizzle, cake stalls and fetes you need to either register or notify Council. Depending on the food you are selling, you will be classified into one of the following risks.

Community groups that prepare high risk food that is cooked, refrigerated and then reheated or that prepare and sell high risk food that includes raw ingredients that do not have a ‘kill step’. These community groups will be classified as Class 2 and must register with Council and have a Food Safety Program (PDF, 4974 KB) . Community groups in this class do not require a Food Safety Supervisor, unless operating for more than 2 consecutive days.

Community groups that handle and sell high risk food, cooked with the intention that the food is sold for immediate consumption, such as hamburgers, egg and bacon rolls etc are classified as Class 3. These community groups must register with Council and keep minimum records Food Safety guide for community groups Class 3.(PDF, 3965KB)

Groups operating a sausage sizzle (sausage, sauce, onion and bread only), selling tea, coffee, biscuits, pre-packaged or covered cakes (without cream) or selling low risk pre-packaged foods and the event/activity runs for no more than two days at a time. These groups are classified as Class 4 and must notify Council. For further information to assist community groups or not-for-profit organisations wanting to raise funds by selling food click on the following links:

 

Food Business Registration Fees
Amount
Class 1 &2 Food Registration Businesses (e.g. take away, restaurant, cafe) $585.00
Class 1 &2 Food Registration Community Groups $200.00
Class 3 Food Registration Businesses (e.g. convenience store, bakery, milk bar) $410.00
Class 3 Food Registration Community Groups $135.00
Class 4 Food Registration (e.g. pharmacy, newsagent, gift shop) No Charge
Bed and Breakfast premises $135.00
Transfer of Registration $265.00
Premises Pre-sale inspection and release of documents (to be completed within 5 days of request) $370.00
Premises Pre-sale inspection and release of documents (to be completed within 14 days of request) $265.00
Additional Inspection request $175.00
Plans Assessment $290.00
Establishment Fees (Fixed Business) $200
Establishment Fees (Home Business) $100
Late Payment Fee 50% of Registration fee

Health Premises (Beauty and therapy businesses)

All hairdressing, beauty premises, skin penetration operators, body art, tattooists and accommodation premises are required to be registered by Council to comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and associated Regulations.

For more information, download a copy of the Health Guidelines for Personal Care and Body Art Industries and Department of Health and Human Services website.

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Starting a Health Business

If you are opening a health premises you are required to contact Council’s Planning and Building department on 5366 7100 to determine whether a planning or building permit is required.

It is recommended to submit a floor plan of the premises for approval, along with your registration form. Floor plans need to include services, fittings, finishes and details of procedures that will occur in each area. Once you have received approval letter works can commence. Prior to opening Council’s Environmental Health Officer (EHO) will conduct an inspection to ensure compliance of the fit out with the requirements of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and associated Regulations.

Application to Register Health Business (PDF, 125KB)

Application to submit plans (PDF, 99KB)

Hairdressing/Make-up Businesses

Premises that solely do hairdressing and/or temporary make-up can apply for ongoing registration with Council. An initial inspection would be required by Council officers prior to granting the one-off registration and Council can continue to conduct visits if any complaints are received.

Mobile Hairdressers/Beauty Therapists/Tattooists

Mobile hairdressers and beauty therapists are required to be register the principal place of business (for example, your home) with us, or another council if that place is located in another municipality. All mobile hairdressers and beauty therapists, are required to be registered by Council to comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and associated Regulations. Mobile tattooing, piercing and/or other forms of skin penetration businesses are not permitted to operate under the Act.

Purchasing an existing health business

Transfer of Registration

If you are selling a hairdressing, beauty premises, skin penetration operators, body art, tattooists and accommodation premises or are thinking of purchasing a food business you need to complete an Application for Transfer of Registration form (PDF, 81KB). It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure the premises is compliant. This form must be completed by both the current and the proposed proprietor and submitted with the applicable transfer fee.

The proposed proprietor can request an inspection of the premises with the consent of the current proprietor. Application form is Request inspection and release of information of a registered premises (PDF, 24KB). The information provided by this inspection will give the purchaser an indication of any potential areas of the premises fit out that does not meet the requirements of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

Prescribed Accommodation

All prescribed accommodation premises including bed and breakfasts hotels, hostels, student dormitories, holiday camps and rooming houses are required to be registered by Council on a yearly basis in accordance with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and associated Regulations.

Starting a Prescribed Accommodation Business

  1. Contact Council’s Planning and Building department to determine whether a planning or building permit is required.
  2. It is strongly recommended prior to undertaking any works at a proposed accommodation premises or an existing accommodation premises to submit a copy of plans for assessment, along with your application form to register. This will assist in approving your registration efficiently by ensuring that the premises comply with relevant standards and minimise the risk of having to undertake costly remedial work.
  • Two sets of plans should be submitted drawn to scale not less than 1:100 clearly show the premises layout, fixtures, fittings and equipment.
  •  A description of materials to be used for all surfaces including floors, walls, benches etc should also be provided.
  • Location of waste disposal area, bin wash area, storage areas, toilets, cleaner’s sink etc.

In order for Council to properly assess your plans it is recommended that the plans be prepared by a draftsman or similar qualified person. Hand drawn plans will only be acceptable if plans are drawn as described above.

Regular inspections are undertaken by Council’s Environmental Health Officers to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and standards and to provide advice in relation to avoiding the transmission of infectious disease and hygienic practices.

Application Form to Register Accommodation Business (PDF, 93KB)

Application form to submit plans for a new or alteration of an existing premises.(PDF, 99KB)

Purchasing an existing Prescribed Accommodation Business

Transfer of Registration

If you are selling a prescribed accommodation premises or are thinking of purchasing an existing prescribed accommodation business you need to complete an Application for Transfer of Registration form (PDF, 81KB). It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure the premises is compliant. This form must be completed by both the current and the proposed proprietor and submitted with the applicable transfer fee.

The proposed proprietor can request an inspection of the premises with the consent of the current proprietor Request inspection and release of information of a registered premises. (PDF, 24KB)

The information provided by this inspection will give the purchaser an indication of any potential areas of the premises fit out that does not meet the requirements of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

 

Health and Accommodation Business Fees Amount
Beauty Parlours and ear piercing $400.00
Tattooist and skin penetration premises (not including ear piercing) $530.00
Hairdressers $200.00
Transfer of Registration $200.00
Prescribed Accommodation $400.00
Premises Pre-sale inspection and release of documents (to be completed within 5 days of request) $318.00
Premises Pre-sale inspection and release of documents (to be completed within 14 days of request) $178.00
Plans Assessment $250.00
Late Payment Fee 50% of Registration Fee

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I register my new business?

    Once an application form has been lodged with the Environmental Health unit, our officers will meet with you to assist you to set up your business ensuring the safety of your clientele.  Contact us to obtain a registration form.

  • I am looking at purchasing/ selling a business, what do I do about the Council registration?

    Our Environmental Health team can assist you in relation to your business registration with Council. Contact us for further details and to obtain the required forms.

  • A customer has made a health complaint against my business, what should I do?

    Our Environmental Health team can provide assistance with information, assessing where the illness may have come from and advise you how to avoid the issue happening again.

Last Updated:

Thursday, 26 May, 2016 - 15:29