Safe Food for Businesses
New food businesses
If you would like to open a new food business within the City of Busselton, you will need to first ensure you have correct planning approval for the proposed premises. Please phone 9781 0444 and ask to speak to a Planning Officer. Once you have confirmation that you will not need planning approval or you have already received approval, you can follow the steps below to have your new food business approved, registered and operating.
- First make contact with an Environmental Health Officer to discuss your proposal. Please phone 9781 0444 and ask to speak to someone in Environmental Health;
- Refer to the City’s Guidelines - Operators of Food Businesses Design and Construction for the fit out and construction requirements for food premises;
- To have your proposal assessed, complete the Application for Approval of a Health Related Premises and submit this for assessment with your proposal, plans and the applicable fees (fees appear on the application form).
- Following the assessment and written approval of your plans, you can commence the fit out and construction of your food premises. Environmental Health Officers are available to periodically check the construction of your food premises, if required;
- Before operating, you will be required to register your food business by completing and submitting a Food Act 2008 Notification / Registration Form. This will be accompanied by a once-off administration fee and your initial inspection fee. Fees are based on the risk of the food business and are determined by an Environmental Health Officer;
- Once your business has been inspected and your registration has been processed, you will receive a Certificate of Food Business Registration which is to be displayed at your food business. When you receive this certificate, you are ready to start trading.
Ongoing fees and charges
At the start of every financial year, food businesses are issued with an invoice which covers inspections. Please be aware that it is your responsibility as the owner of a food business, to inform the City of any changes to your food business details, including change of owner, change of premises, change of the original proposal and closing the business.
To transfer the registration of a food business you must complete a notification for the change of owner of a food business and pay the applicable fee.
Mobile food businesses
Mobile food operators are expected to meet the same standards which are applied to fixed premises. The application, approval and registration process is the same as for any new food business. Our Guidelines - Operators of Mobile Food Businesses provides further information on the fit out and operation of a mobile food business.
Home-based food businesses
If you are interested in operating a food business from your residential kitchen, you will need to first check that you have the correct planning approvals. Please phone 9781 0444 and ask to speak to a Planning Officer. Once you have confirmation that you will not need planning approval or you have already received approval, follow the three steps above to have your new food business approved, registered and operating.
The City of Busselton produce a Guidelines - Operators of Food Businesses in Residential Premises. This guideline provides information regarding the requirements and minimum standards for operating a food business from a residential kitchen.
Temporary food stalls
Temporary food stall holders wishing to trade at approved events or markets within the City of Busselton require approval from Environmental Health Services. The process for gaining approval for your temporary food stall:
- Contact the event organiser to confirm that they will permit you to trade at their event/market
- Temporary food stalls may operate throughout many local authorities/shires, but only need to be registered with one – the local authority where the stall is based:
- Whether your food businesses is registered with the City of Busselton or another local government, you must hold a current Food Act 2008 Certificate of Registration issued by that municipality. Please contact the event organiser to ensure you provide them with their required documentation, for example: copy of Food Act 2008 certificate of registration and public liability insurance certificate of currency;
- The Guidelines - operators of temporary food stalls will provide information regarding the minimum standard expected of temporary food stalls. Markets and events are regularly inspected by Environmental Health Officers who will check for compliance with these minimum standards.
- For information regarding markets and events in the region, please refer to the Geographe Bay Tourism Association website
All food businesses are encouraged to become familiar with labelling requirements. Guidelines - Food Labelling is a summary of the basic requirements for compliant labels. The guideline also provides information regarding foods which may be exempt from bearing a label.
Food safety training
The City of Busselton is assisting food businesses to improve and maintain food safety obligations by providing free access to the Food Safe online training tool. This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner. The program is easy to follow, includes an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes. A training acknowledgement form can be printed upon completion and be kept as part of your staff training records.
Click here for FoodSafe Online training (use voucher code FSBUSSE314 to ensure your training is free)
If you need more information, please phone 9781 0444 and ask to speak to someone in Environmental Health.