Food safety and hygiene
Food safety and hygiene is an important regulatory function of Council. Devonport City Council is committed to ensuring that businesses that prepare and have foods for public sale and consumption meet the requirements of the Food Act 2003 and all appropriate State and National standards and legislation.
The types of food you handle and where the food will be sold from determine what requirements you must meet under the Food Act 2003.
All food business operators must do one of the following:
- Either Register or Notify their food handling activities to the Council.
The Food Act 2003 requires that all businesses intending to handle or sell any type of food to be Registered. This includes activities such as:
- Coffee vans
- B and B accommodation
- Home baking business (cakes, slices, etc.)
- Charitable organisations who sell food, even for fundraising.
Food Business Registration (and subsequent Renewal) is valid for a maximum of 12 months. The fee required for registration varies depends on the level of risk of the food handling activities. Click HERE to view the Council’s current fee structure.
If you operate a mobile structure (such as a tent/stall or mobile food van) you may apply for a Statewide Registration. All mobile food businesses must also comply with Guidelines for Mobile Food Businesses.
If you are registering a food business for the first time, an Environmental Health Officer will inspect the premises prior to issuing a Certificate of Registration.
Online registration renewal form
Fill in your application form online or download to register or renew a food business licence.
Pay your food business invoice online
To pay your invoice online you will require your payment reference number that is located on the top right hand side of your invoice.
Mobile food stall application
If you wish to operate a once-off Temporary Food Stall (i.e. a fundraising sausage sizzle or farmers market stall), you have two registration options:
- One day event
- Two to four day event
Please read the Guidelines for Mobile Food Businesses for information about operating a mobile food stall.
Food Business Notification is only for very low risk activities, such as:
- Bottle shops
- Petrol stations selling soft drinks
- Chemists and newsagents selling lollies
- Green grocers selling uncut fruits and vegetables.
- Baking bread.
Food Business Notification only needs to be done once, unless you alter the types of food handled or change address. There is no charge for Notification.
A Food Business Notification generally covers the registered premises only; however businesses operating from a mobile structure (such as a stall or mobile food van) may apply for a Statewide Notification.
If you require further information or guidance for any of these options, please contact the Council’s Environmental Health Team on (03) 6424 0511.