Food business

All businesses that store, prepare, handle, serve and sell food must be registered/notified under the Food Act. This includes mobile, temporary and food vending machine operators.

If you are a community group wanting to operate a fixed food premises you must contact us to discuss your proposal.

Determine your food premises classification risk

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

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

Opening a new business

You need to complete and submit a small business application form.

To ensure compliance with the food safety standards we ask that you also prepare some floor plans/drawings for your premises. Refer to the following guidelines for assistance.




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

If you would like assistance in setting up your small business in Moonee Valley, contact our Economic Development unit on 9243 8866 or email

Transferring or buying an existing business

To assist you with transferring your business, you may request a Condition of Premises Inspection report (pdf, 392KB) to make sure you are aware of any outstanding orders or structural requirements placed on the business before settlement.

An inspection will be conducted by a Health Officer.

Allow 14 days from receipt of your documentation for your inspection to be undertaken and report sent.

You need to complete and submit a small business application form to transfer your business.

Food safety

All businesses regardless of their classification must ensure that any food sold is safe and suitable to consume.

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 you can undertake 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 want us to investigate a food premises or have a food complaint:
Call Citizen Services on 9243 8888

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

Temporary events

All businesses planning to operate temporary events must have single state-wide registration/notification. If you do not currently have state-wide registration/notification you must apply on line with Streatrader.

Once your principle council has approved your application you will then be able to update and enter details of your events through Streatrader (eg. Statement of Trade). These will automatically notify the relevant council of your events.

Tobacco control

Tobacco laws ban smoking in restaurants, cafes, licensed premises and workplaces.

More information on legislation and signage requirements for your business in Victorian tobacco reforms.

We conduct test purchases to make sure that tobacco retailers are complying with laws which prohibit the sale of cigarettes to minors.

Fees and charges

See the fees and charges.

More information

Information and resources to assist your food business:

Contact us:

Council  Environmental Health
9243 8888 9243 8810
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 11:26 AM