Food-safe practices are important to your customers and critical to your business success. We check all food businesses to make sure their produce is safe. Council has a legal obligation to inspect food premises and enforce the NSW Food Authority requirements.
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A range of resources are available that promote safe food handling practices.
All NSW food businesses must register with Council. Registration is free. Development consent may be required if you are leasing or buying a shop that is not already fitted out as a food business. The fit out must comply with the Australian Standard for the Design, Construction and Fit out of Food Premises.
Our environmental health officers conduct random, unannounced inspections of food premises across the local government area. These inspections determine whether premises are clean, food handlers have appropriate skills and that food is safely prepared and stored. There are fees for these inspections. An annual administration fee also applies as part of Council's partnership arrangements with the NSW Food Authority.
Enforcement action can be taken. Action can range from an improvement notice, to a penalty infringement notice (PIN), prohibition order or prosecution through the court system. The level of action taken will depend on the area of non compliance and impact on public health. If a PIN is issued, details and the naming of the business is published on the NSW Food Authority website.
Refrigerator rebates for small businesses
Did you know the typical convenience store spends on average 55% of its power bill on refrigeration?
Commercial refrigerators are energy intensive as they operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The NSW Government is providing small businesses with rebates on energy efficient commercial refrigerators. The rebate, along with the new equipment, could help small businesses lower their energy bill and reduce operating costs.
Find out more about the refrigerator rebates for small businesses.