Register a food business or renew registration

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.

This kit contains lots of info about setting up a food business. 

New food business information kit

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

Get info on which class your food business is in

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:

For information go to the page on renewing registration

For help with your application contact our Environmental Health team on 1300 787 624