Register a new food business (Class 1, 2, 3 or 3A)

The Food Act 1984 requires all businesses that handle, prepare, package, store, serve, supply and repackage food to be registered with their local council.

The type of registration that is required for your business will depend on the nature of your food business, what type of food you are handling and to whom the food is being served or sold.

How to register

Before you begin

Step 1.Do your research

Make sure you are familiar with the background information and requirements of operating a food premises.

Before submitting your application, you must have already determined:

  • Which classification/class applies to your food business
  • How you will meet the food safety requirements
  • The details of your Food Safety Program (if applicable)
  • Who will act as your Food Safety Supervisor (if applicable)

Find out more about food business classification and food safety.

Step 2.Gather supporting documents

Your application will need to include:

  • A floorplan of the business, showing all equipment and sink locations
  • A proposed menu
  • A copy of the current Food Safety Program for your business (Class 1 and 2 premises only)
  • A copy of the nominated Food Safety Supervisor's certificate (Class 1 and 2 premises only)

Step 3.Download the application form

Download the application to register a food premises(PDF, 213KB)

Step 4.Proceed to apply

If you are ready to submit your application, click on the 'Apply online' tab above to proceed.

Apply online

Step 1.Email the form to us

Email your completed application form to, attention to Environmental Health.

Step 2.Receive a receipt email from us

A member of the Environmental Health team will email you confirm that your application has been received. This email will include a reference number.

Step 3.Pay the application fee

You can view the schedule of fees and charges under the 'Fees' tab above.

Use the reference number in the receipt email to pay the application fee

Pay your application fee online.

In person

Step 1.Bring your completed form

To customer service:

Civic Centre
34 Civic Drive

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Closed public holidays

Step 2.Pay the application fee

Pay with cash, cheque, money order, EFTPOS, Mastercard or Visa. Please note we do not accept Diners Club and American Express

You can view the schedule of fees and charges under the 'Fees' tab. 


Step 1.Prepare a cheque or money order

Payable to "Nillumbik Shire Council" and crossed "Not Negotiable".

You can view the schedule of fees and charges under the 'Fees' tab.

Step 2.Mail your completed form

Nillumbik Shire Council
PO Box 476
Greensborough VIC 3088 


View a schedule of fees and charges(PDF, 448KB) (including registration of food premises)

What happens next?

After your application is submitted, there are a few more steps that must be taken before your registration can be confirmed.

Council assesses your application

After your application is received and the application fee has been paid, an Environmental Health Officer will review the submitted documents.

Risk assessment

An Environmental Health Officer will contact you to arrange an appointment to meet onsite and conduct a risk assessment. A report will then be issued listing any non-conformances.

Final inspection

After any non-conformances have been attended to, an Environmental Health Officer will attend to conduct a final inspection.

Certificate of Registration

Following the final inspection, a Certificate of Registration will be issued.


More information

Please note that this information is intended for those setting up and registering a new Class 1, 2 or 3 food premises. Not what you were looking for? You may be interested in: