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All Shoalhaven business premises that serve food to the public need to comply with Council’s regulations, as well as know about our onsite inspections.
These regulations apply to, and include, food stalls and mobile food vending.
It is a requirement under the Food Act 2003 for a food business* to notify Council before commencing trade.
A food business* includes the following:
To notify a new food premises with Council, download, complete and lodge:
It is a requirement to set up your food premises to regulation and Council policy.
Shoalhaven City Council inspects all premises where food is prepared for sale to the public to ensure compliance with the Food Act 2003 and all other relevant legislation.
Council has been part of the NSW Food Regulation Partnership and Council’s role in this partnership involves performing food premises inspections functions including:
All inspections conducted by Council are unannounced and focus on specific critical food handling practices including:
Factors considered to determine a food premises risk category include:
The inspection fee is the same for all food businesses irrespective of the risk category. Whereas administration fees are applied according to the risk category of the food premises.
From 1 January 2021, we require lodgement of all Development Applications (DAs) and Complying Development Certificates (CDCs) to be via the NSW Planning Portal. This change is in line with the NSW Government's plan for all Councils to participate in their ePlanning platform for application lodgement. View our list of applications that can now only be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal.
The presence of mobile food stalls, vehicles and temporary food premises at special events and markets throughout the Shoalhaven is rapidly growing and are a major contributor to their overall success.
If you are looking to set up a stall at an approved market or show you need Council approval.
Once the application has been processed, Council Environmental Health Officers will conduct regular inspections of markets and events to ensure compliance with the Policy in addition to relevant food safety regulations.
If you are looking to set your mobile food vehicle on Council owned or managed land you will require a permit.
Council may grant approvals for mobile food vending vehicles on council owned or managed land for a period of up to 5 hours between 7am and 7pm.
Applications for a Category 2 - mobile food vending vehicles permit are accepted during May and are valid from 1 July - 30 June each year. An administrative fee and permit fee will apply.
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