Register a food business or renew registration
You must register
A food business in Cardinia Shire must be registered with Council to ensure compliance with all food safety regulations under the Food Act 1984. It is an offence to operate a food business without being registered.
Get info on setting up a food business
This kit contains lots of info about setting up a food business.
Classification of food premises
Your business will need to be categorised as either Class 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending on the types of food processes undertaken. An Environmental Health Officer (EHO) will ask you questions about your business processes and determine which class your business falls within.
Class 1 – Hospitals, child care centres and aged care services which serve high risk food.
Class 2 – Premises that handle high risk unpackaged food such as restaurants and cafes.
Class 3 – Premises that handle high risk food or high risk pre-packaged food, such as warehouses and distributors.
Class 4 – Activities considered to be very low risk such as the sale of shelf stable pre-packaged foods, uncut fruit and vegetables, some fundraising activities, and low risk foods served in kindergartens or child care centres.
Class 1, 2 and 3 premises must register with Council. Registration must be renewed each year in December.
Class 4 premises must provide a one-off notification to Council of their activities. You can do this by submitting this form.
What we need to process your application
A Certificate of Registration under the Food Act 1984 will be issued, allowing you to open your business to the public, once you have submitted the following:
- a completed application form to register your food business
- a copy of the Food Safety Supervisor Certificate (for Class 1 and 2 premises)
- a food safety program document (for Class 1 and 2 premises)
- final inspection and approval of your premises by an Environmental Health Officer
- payment of the applicable registration and establishment fee.
Before you apply, you will also need to find out what other permits or exemptions may be required, such as:
Renew your food business registration online
For information go to the page on renewing registration
For help with your application contact our Environmental Health team on 1300 787 624