Starting a fixed food business

What you need to do if you are either taking over an existing retail restaurant, cafe or home based business or staring a new one.

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Existing food business

Step 1.Confirm the business has consent

Confirm that the retail or home business has the appropriate permission (consent) to operate as a food business.

If you are planning on doing major renovations to an existing food business you may need to get development consent

How to apply for Development Consent

Optional pre-purchase inspection

You may wish to arrange an optional pre-purchase inspection from our Environmental Health Officers.

The inspection will provide a report of the physical condition of the premises from a food safety perspective.

You can request our Officers to complete the inspection using our online Health Enquiry Form and selecting ‘pre-purchase inspection’.

Health Enquiry Form

Step 2.Appoint a Food Safety Supervisor

Most businesses require a Food Safety Supervisor, however there are some exceptions. For further information go to the Service NSW website.

Step 3.Notify us of your business

You must notify us of your business details using the online form below:

Notification of Food Business Form

Step 4.What happens next?

You will receive a letter from us confirming notification for your business. Once this is received you may start operating. 

New food business

Step 1.Apply for consent

You will need to obtain development consent to operate a food business from your chosen location if it has never been used as a food business before. 

How to apply for Development Consent

As part of the Development Application (DA) process you will need to:

Step 2.Have a fit-out inspection

You will need to arrange for the food premises fit-out to be inspected and certified to confirm it has been properly constructed.

You can request our Environmental Health Officers to complete the inspection using our Health Enquiry Form and selecting ‘pre-opening inspection’.

There is a fee for this service. See our fees and charges.

Health Enquiry Form

Step 3.Appoint a Food Safety Supervisor

Most businesses require a Food Safety Supervisor, however there are some exceptions. For further information go to the Service NSW website.

Step 4.Notify us of your business

Once you have received Development Consent you will be required to notify us of your business details using the online form below:

Notification of Food Business Form

Once this form has been submitted you will receive a letter or email from us confirming notification of your business.

Step 5.When can I start operating?

You may start operating once you have received:

  • Development Consent
  • Food Safety Supervisor certificate (if required), and
  • confirmation from us of your business notification.  

Carefully read your Development Consent to check if any other conditions have been applied to your home based food business. 

Home food business

Step 1.Apply for consent

You will need to obtain development consent to operate a food business from your home if it has never been used as a food business before. 

How to apply for Development Consent

As part of the Development Application (DA) process you will need to:

Step 2.Gather information

The following details should be submitted with your application:

  1. A scaled plan (e.g. 1:50) of the food business, including the layout of the kitchen, the finish on all surfaces (e.g. materials of walls, floors and ceilings), location of hand wash basins, sinks, dishwashers and storage areas for food and equipment.
  2. A description of the food products to be prepared at the home business

Step 3.Have a kitchen inspection

Once the Development Application has been submitted you will be contacted by our Environmental Health Officers to arrange an inspection of your kitchen and all areas of your home where food is going to be stored, prepared and cooked.

Step 4.Appoint a Food Safety Supervisor

Most businesses require a Food Safety Supervisor, however there are some exceptions. For further information go to the Service NSW website.

Step 5.Notify us of your business

Once you have received Development Consent you will be required to notify us of your business details using the online form below:

Notification of Food Business Form

Once this form has been submitted you will receive a letter or email from us confirming notification of your business.

Step 6.When can I start operating?

You may start operating once you have received:

  • Development Consent
  • Food Safety Supervisor certificate (if required)
  • confirmation from us of your business notification.  

Carefully read your Development Consent to check if any other conditions have been applied to your home based food business. 

What do I need to know about running my food business? 

As a food business you are responsible for ensuring all food safety requirements are followed. For factsheets, guidelines and access to free training see the food safety inspections and resources page.