Any person, group or business wishing to produce, sell or handle food or drinks to the public is required to be compliant with relevant legislation including the Food Act 2003. This includes not for profit organisations, sporting clubs, persons wanting to sell produce at markets as well as retail businesses and the like.
There are 4 types of Registration for Food Businesses, these are:
Food Business Notification
This is required for those businesses handling or selling only shelf stable goods. This includes all ingredients. If you fall into this category, please complete the Food Business Notification Application and return it to Council.
Please note: Council's Environmental Health Department must be notified prior to any change to processes or products. A proposed change to include any Potentially Hazardous Foods (PHF) may require a Food Business Registration.
Food Business Registration
Food businesses who operate in permanently constructed premises that sell, handle or produce PHF are required to be registered with their local Council. This is an annual registration and needs to be renewed prior to June 30 each year. To apply for a Food Business Registration, please complete the Annual Food Business Registration Application Form and return it to Council.
For some basic information in relation to starting up a new food business, please see the Starting up a Food Business information sheet.
Mobile Food Business Registration
For stall type or food van set ups, there is now an option to apply for a Statewide Registration which will allow you to operate throughout Tasmania without having to apply to each individual Council. The Statewide Registration is for a period of up to 12 months and must be obtained from the Council in which the equipment is stored. However, please ensure you check with each Council prior to operating in their area to ensure no other permits are required.
Please note: you are only able to apply for this registration if the structure is to be set up and operated in the same manner on each occasion.
For more information on the state wide registration, please see the State Wide Registration Fact Sheet.
To apply for a Mobile food business registration, please complete the Mobile Food Business Application and return it to Council with the applicable fee.
Please see the Guidelines for Mobile Food Businesses 2015 for information relating to setting up and operating a Mobile Food Business. This document should be read prior to submitting an application for Mobile Food Business Registration.
NOTE: PHF means potentially hazardous food - food that has to be kept at certain temperatures to minimise the growth of any pathogenic micro-organisms that may be present in the food. This will prevent the formation of toxins.
Temporary Food Business Registration
This registration can be applied for a stall type set up or for short term event in a fixed premises. You are able to apply for a single event or up to 3, 6 or 12 months. It is applicable for food businesses handling or selling Potentially Hazardous Foods within the West Tamar municipality only - it is not a Statewide Registration. The setup must be compliant with the Food Safety Standards and the Guidelines for Mobile Businesses 2015 (if a stall type set up).
To apply for a Temporary Food Business Registraion, please complete the Temporary Food Business Application and return it to Council with the applicable fee.
Labelling Information for Fundraising Events
Please see the information sheet below for information regarding labelling food for sale at fundraising events. For specific information regarding labelling food for sale, please see the Food Standards code at: www.foodstandards.gov.au.
If you are considering purchasing an existing food business, you may wish to apply to have a pre-purchase inspection undertaken. Once the completed application form and fee are submitted, one of Council's Environmental Health Officer's will undertake an inspection of the premises and provide you with a report regarding the compliance of the premises. If you wish to apply for this, please complete the Pre-purchase inspection request form and return it to Council with the applicable fee.
Council maintains a public list of food businesses registered within the municipality. To obtain a copy of this list please contact Councils Environmental Health Department on 6323 9300.