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Food Preparation in Private Dwellings

If you are planning on preparing food from home for sale to the public it is important to put food safety first. The Food Act 1984 requires anyone who sells food, including the use of private dwellings to prepare the food, to be registered with Council. The food safety laws requires that the layout of private dwellings minimise opportunities for food contamination. You must ensure that the food fixtures, fittings, equipment and transport vehicles can be cleaned or sanitised if needed. You must also ensure that the private dwelling is provided with the necessary services of water, waste disposal, light, ventilation, cleaning and personal hygiene facilities, storage space and access to toilets.

Contact Council’s Planning, Building and Local Law Departments on (03) 5573 0444 to discuss your proposal as there may be other requirements that need to be met.

You can book a consultation with Council's Planning Department to determine whether a planning permit is required on (03) 5573 0256. Also refer to the Home Occupation provisions under the planning Scheme which are available online.

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