Starting a Food Business, Temporary Food Stall or Health Business

There are many options to start a new food business, including opening a cafe, restaurant, mobile food vehicle or catering.

The Food Act 1984 requires any business that prepares, handles, packs or sells any food or drink to be registered with their local city council.

If you will be operating within Greater Shepparton, you must contact Greater Shepparton City Council’s Environmental Health Department to commence the process to register your premises at least 28 days before opening.

If you operate from more than one premises, you will need to register each of them. Under the Food Act it is an offence to operate a food business without being registered.

Registration applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as stalls and vans.

This section of our website contains information, guides, tips and regulations for getting your food-based or health-based business off to a good start.