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.

Temporary premises application form

The following documents are required to be uploaded, depending on your application:

  1. Floor layout plan (required for all applications)
  2. Registration with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (for Charities only)
  3. Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) Certificate (for non-low risk businesses)

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:

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)