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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.
Council Environmental Health Officers conduct regular inspections of markets, events and other operating Mobile food vehicles and temporary food stalls to ensure compliance with the Food Act 2003 and Chapter 3 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Standards Code.
If you are looking to operate a mobile food vehicle or temporary food stall, you need to obtain approval from Council prior to operating.
To search for the relevant council fees and charges, please go to our Fees & Charges page.
Next steps: Once your application is processed, an invoice will be uploaded to the NSW Planning Portal. Once you have completed the invoice, your application will be forwarded to the Officer for assessment. The Officer will contact you if further information or a prior inspection is required. Their determination will then be uploaded to the NSW Planning Portal.
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.
Find out more:
Make a Section 68 application via the NSW Planning Portal