Register a food business
All businesses and groups that sell food to the public in Victoria must ensure that the food they sell is safe.
All food businesses in Greater Bendigo must register with our Environmental Health Unit and comply with the Food Act before commencing trade.
Prior to contacting the Environmental Health Unit you should consult the Planning department to determine what other permits may be required.
Food business classes
There are 4 classes for registration of a food business . A business is classed according to the degree of risk associated with its food handling activities.
You need to understand which class your businesses falls into before you can find out specific requirements you will need to meet. Go to Food Business Classes.
Apply to register a class 1, 2, 3 or 4 food business
To register your food business you need to submit the following:
- Complete the application to register a fixed address food business
- Payment of the appropriate fee
Your application may take a minimum of 15 days to process from date of payment.
Once you have received a Certificate of Registration, your business may commence trading.
Renewing your Food Act registration
All Food Act registrations expire on 30 June of each year. Food businesses receive their Food Act registration renewal paperwork in May of each year. If you do not receive your renewal paperwork by mid June, please contact our office on 1300 002 642.
Please remember to pay your renewal prior to expiry date to ensure your business continues to be registered and to avoid additional fees.
Meat, fish and dairy businesses - register with other authorities
Some businesses are required to register with other authorities and do not need to register with the City.
Meat and seafood producers are businesses that sell, transport, store or prepare mainly meat, fish or seafood (like a butcher or fishmonger) need to register with Primesafe. Find out more on the Primesafe website or phone 03 9685 7333.
Dairy businesses that sell, make, transport or prepare mainly dairy products are regulated by Dairy Food Safety Victoria. Find out more on the Dairy Food Safety Victoria website or phone 03 9810 5900.
Food Act registration certificates
If you need a copy of your current Food Act registration certificate you may request one by:
- Completing our online form
- Making payment of the appropriate fee
Once our office has received both application form and payment, a copy of your certificate will be issued. This may take up to 5 days to process.