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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Starting a food business
Food inspections
Penalties and enforcement

A range of resources are available that promote safe food handling practices.

Starting a food business

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.

Food inspections

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.

Penalties and enforcement

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.