Temporary and mobile food vendors and events

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In Victoria, all food premises are required to be registered with council and Streatrader before selling food. This includes temporary and mobile food premises such as a food vans or a market stall. 

Temporary food vendors

Temporary food vendors include tents, stalls or marquees.

Common examples include markets or sausage sizzle stalls. 

Guidelines for: Temporary food premises at events

Information for community groups

How to register your temporary or mobile food premises

Business operators or community groups can apply to register their temporary or mobile food premises at Streatrader, a website developed by the Department of Health and Human Services. 

You lodge your application via Streatrader. On completion the Streatrader system will lodge it automatically to your principal (registering) council for review and approval.

During this time you may receive a phone call from council to discuss your application. Once council is satisfied with your application (and payment made if applicable)  they will accept it online and you will receive an email notifying you of your successful application. Once council has approved your registration, you can trade anywhere in Victoria without having to register with another council. 

Renewing your Streatrader registration

Your Food Act registration expires on 31 December of each year.

In October, Streatrader will send your streatrader account notification to "renew" your registration. You will also receive renewal paperwork and invoice from your council.

Trading in Victoria

Once you are registered and have a current approved certificate, you will need to notify the relevant council of your intention to trade at a local event or market. To do this, go to your Streatrader account and submit aStatement of Trade (SOT), which will ask when and where you will be trading. Your Statement of Trade is then sent to the relevant council to notify them of your activities in the area. 

Please note: If you do not have an approved SOT at the time of your event, you may be issued with a penalty infringement notice and/or not permitted to attend event. 

Giving away food samples - exhibitions, tradeshows, and street promotions

If your business gives away free samples of food or drinks at exhibitions and trade shows or on the street, you are required to register a temporary food premises with Streatrader.

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