Food business registration and permits
To run any new food business or activity in the City of Belmont, you will need approval from the City's Health Services team.
How to apply for registration or notification
To apply for the registration or notification of a food business, you need to complete and submit a Food Act 2008 Notification/Registration form:
- You need to complete and return this form to the City along with the relevant supporting information, such as detailed fit-out plans for your food premises;
- You will need to pay a $50 fee for notification or a $140 fee for registration of a food business, depending on the nature of your business.
The registration process applies to most businesses. If your business will only sell food which is not potentially hazardous and cannot be handled because it is contained in a closed package, you may only need to complete the notification process.
Download the Food Act 2008 Notification/Registration form
Annual food safety assessments
Once you have successfully registered your food business, the premises will be subject to routine food safety assessments. The fees, which will be charged each financial year, vary according the risk level of your business:
- High risk - $390.00
- Medium risk - $260.00
- Low risk - $130.00
Mobile Food Businesses
If you run a food truck or mobile food business and already hold a valid Food Act 2008 Certificate of Registration with your home local government authority, you will not need to register with the City of Belmont. Please note, you may still need to seek approval before trading within the City.
Please read the City’s Mobile Food Trader Guidelines which direct the location, operation and regulation of mobile food vehicles within the City. You can apply for approval for an individual food truck or as a collection of food trucks which operate in a coordinated manner.
Download the Mobile Food Trader Guidelines
For more information, please email email@example.com
or phone the City’s Placemaking team on 9477 7409.
Food safety training
If you are running a food-based business, you and anybody working for you will need to have food safety and food hygiene skills and knowledge. The level of skills and knowledge you need must be appropriate to the food handling activities in your business.
FoodSafe offers an online food safety training course
and you can use a voucher code from the City to access this course for free. Please follow these instructions:
- Visit the FoodSafe website and choose ‘FoodSafe Online’;
- Select Submit (You will see the course price of $35 – this will be waived later in the process);
- Enter your details, then select Next;
- Select Complete Order (The $35 will be waived later in the process);
- Enter the billing details, no fee will be charged if you follow the instructions below;
- Select Next: Shipping Method;
- Beside Redeem Online Voucher, enter the discount voucher FSBELMO313 exactly as it appears here, with no spaces;
- Select Next: Payment Details;
- Check that the total price of the training has changed to $0.00;
- Select Submit Order.
You will then be sent a confirmation email. Please refer to this email for instructions on how to access and sign in to the course.
Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive a printable FoodSafe certificate for your records.
Download the FoodSafe flyer
Why do we have food labels? Food labels provide your customers with the information they need to make an informed choice when buying food. Labels list information such as:
- A description of the food
- Nutritional information
- Best before or use-by dates
- Storage and preparation directions
- Warnings about ingredients known to cause allergic reactions
Food Standards Austraila and New Zealand develop food standards for the Australian and New Zealand food industries. For more information on food labelling requirements in Australia, read Part 1.2 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
and Healthy WA's food labelling fact sheet
Allergens and Anaphalaxis
An allergy is an overreaction by the body's immune system to a normally harmless substance such as food proteins, pollen, dust mites, insect stings and bites. Substances that can trigger an allergic reaction are called allergens. Most food allergies are caused by peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish and shellfish, soy, lupin, and wheat. These must be declared whenever they are present in food as ingredients or as components of food additives and processing aids, however small the amounts present.
Allergic reactions range from mild to severe. Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It should be treated as a medical emergency, requiring immediate treatment with adrenaline.
Read about Australian Allergen labelling
Sausage sizzles may be permitted for community and charitable fundraising purposes at Bunnings, 267 Alexander Road in Belmont. If your group is interested in hosting a sausage sizzle:
- Please phone Bunnings on 9373 4800 to confirm date availability;
- You will need to complete and submit a Food Act 2008 Notification/Registration form to the City of Belmont at least five working days prior to the proposed date of operation;
- You can submit this form in person to the City's Civic Centre at 215 Wright Street, Cloverdale; email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 9478 1473.
Sausage sizzles need to comply with the Food Act 2008
and Food Standards Code
Download Food Act 2008 Notification/Registration form
Download Sausage Sizzles and Barbecues Requirements
Read Minimum Standards for the Operation of a Temporary Food Stall
For more information about the approval of a sausage sizzle at Bunnings, please email email@example.com
or phone the City's Information Officers on 9477 7297.
Services for your food business
If you need advice on the types of design, fit-out and equipment which will help you to meet food business compliance requirements, please contact the City’s Health Services team.
The City’s Health Services team also provides inspection and certification services, including food premises settlement enquiries and Section 39 certificates.
You will need to complete and submit the relevant form with the specified application fee.