Food businesses

All permanent, temporary and mobile food businesses must apply for approval from Council to operate.

There are also food safety standards and practices that you need to follow. 

Fixed Food Business Notification and Registration

Registering your food premises with Council

You must register your fixed food premises with Council.

To register, complete the online form. 

Food business registration form

There is no fee to register a permanent food business.

Where a business owner changes, a new food business registration is required.

Our Environmental Health Officers carry out inspections of food business at least on an annual basis. There is a fee for these inspections. See our Fees & Charges.

Notification of food premises

Food businesses may also be required, under the National Food Standards, to notify the appropriate enforcement agency of certain information associated with the operation of the business.

In NSW the appropriate enforcement agency is the NSW Food Authority.

Temporary Food Premises

To operate a temporary food premise, such as a food stall or market stall, you need to get the necessary approvals and be registered with Council.

See the NSW Food Authority guidelines for Mobile Food Vendors and Markets and Temporary Events.

To register a temporary food business with Council, download the registration form below and return it back to us.

To get approval, you must demonstrate that the food stall and operators will meet the relevant food safety requirements and standards.

You must receive written approval from Council before installing or operating a food stall. Our Environmental Health Officers may carry out an inspection of the food stall during operation, to ensure that the requirements are being met.

Applications for a temporary food premises are required to demonstrate compliance with:

  • Food Act 2003
  • Food Regulation 2010
  • Australian New Zealand Food Safety Standards 2001
  • other relevant standards.

For information about food safety, visit:

Mobile Food Vending Vehicles

To operate a mobile food vending vehicle in the Byron Shire, you need to get approval and be registered with Council.

Vehicles used for mobile food vending are subject to annual inspections by our Environmental Health officers. 

For more information see the NSW Food Authority guidelines for Mobile Food Vendors and Markets and Temporary Events.

To register a mobile food vending vehicle with Council, please download the registration form below and return it to us.

Before getting approval for a mobile food vending vehicle, you must demonstrate that the food stall and the operators of the food stall will satisfy the relevant food safety requirements and standards.

The written approval of Council must be obtained before installing or operating a food stall and Council's Environmental Health Officers may carry out an inspection of the food stall during operation, to ensure that the requirements are being met.

Applications for a mobile food vending vehicles are required to demonstrate compliance with:

  • Food Act 2003
  • Food Regulation 2010
  • Australian New Zealand Food Safety Standards 2001
  • other relevant standards.

For more information visit:

COVID-19 and food businesses

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) current advice is there is no evidence that food is implicated in the transmission of COVID-19. The virus causes a respiratory illness that is primarily spread by direct person-to-person contact.

Visit the NSW Food Authority website for the most up to date advice and requirements to assist with public health order compliance.   
 
Other resources:

Scores on Doors

Scores on Doors is the NSW food business hygiene rating program that enables consumers to make informed choices about where to eat or shop for food. It drives food safety culture in food businesses and therefore a reduction in foodborne illness.

Scores on Doors gives greater visibility and transparency of compliance by food businesses.

Eating out? Getting food in? Check the Scores on Doors

To help you choose where to eat out or shop for food Byron Shire Council is participating in the NSW Scores on Doors program.

The program gives you information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pub bistros, cafés, takeaways, hotels, and other places you eat out.

Visible hygiene scores

The program will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food.

Certificates and stickers on display at food premises give you information about the hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by one of our officers. Council officers check that businesses are meeting legal requirements for food hygiene.

It’s not easy to judge hygiene standards on appearance alone. The Scores on Doors certificates and stickers give you an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen, or behind closed doors.

Consumers can choose

You can check the scores and use the information to choose a business with higher standards. It’s also good to share this information with friends and family.

Scores on Doors ratings recognise businesses with the highest standards and encourage others to improve. The aim is to reduce the number of cases of food poisoning which currently affects around 5.4 million Australians every year.

I'm ALERT Food Safety Training

Council takes food hygiene very seriously and wants to assist food businesses to meet their obligations by providing access to an online training tool  -  I’M ALERT Food Safety. 

This program will provide you with FREE and unlimited online access to food handler training.  The program will assist you and your food handlers to gain valuable skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene, which will help to ensure only safe and suitable food is produced at your place of business.

It is recommended that all food handlers in your food business take part in this training. I’M ALERT is presented in an interactive and easy to follow format. It is a great opportunity to provide all your staff with free training that would otherwise cost you money and a great deal more in time.

On completion of the training the user can print an acknowledgement form and a certificate that can be kept as part of your staff records.

Do the I'm ALERT Food Safety Training

Please note - I'm ALERT Food Safety Training does not qualify you as a Food Safety Supervisor (FSS).

More information

Enquiries can be directed to Environmental Health Unit on 02 6626 7000 or council@byron.nsw.gov.au

Complaints

Complaints regarding poor hygiene, food handling or unclean premises can be made by contacting our customer service centre on 02 6626 7000

Complaints relating to poor hygiene, food handling or unclean premises for food shops licensed by the NSW Food Authority, such as butchers, should be reported to the NSW Food Authority.

Food poisoning events that impact multiple households should be reported to the NSW Food Authority on 1300 552 406. Council will investigate food poisoning complaints if those impacted are all from the same household.

If you have experienced what you believe is food poisoning, please complete and submit the Food borne Illness Questionnaire.(PDF, 123KB)