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Register a food business

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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 or 3 food business 

To register your food business you need to submit the following:

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 31 December of each year. Food businesses receive their Food Act registration renewal paperwork in October/November of each year. If you do not receive your renewal paperwork by mid November please contact our office on 5434 6333. 

Please remember to pay your renewal prior to expiry date to ensure your business continues to be registered and to avoid additional fees.

Class 4 (Notification) food business

If your business falls in a class 4 type you will need to notify the City by completing and returning a Notification of a Class 4 food business application form.

Please note: Registration renewals do not apply to Class 4 notifications.

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:

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.

Contact us

For more information about environmental health please contact our office on 03 5434 6333 or [email protected]


Looking for more business support?

Contact our Business Help Desk for a one on one meeting on 03 5434 6000 or email [email protected]

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