Buying or renovating an existing food business

If you are planning to purchase a licensable food business, you will need to determine whether the business holds a current licence and the current status of the premises. Council cannot give any information about a food business to anyone without permission of the licensee.

To determine the licence status and find out if there are any outstanding requisitions or outstanding fees owed by the business, a public health search can be completed using the property search form. There are three types of searches as follows:
  • Activity Facility Records Search - Current status of licence/registration records only (does not include an inspection report).
  • Single Activity/Facility Search and Inspection - Current status of licence/registration records and current inspection report where applicable. Applications must be accompanied by the relevant fee and consent of the licence/registration holder.
  • Multiple Activity/ Facility Search and Inspection - Current status of licence/registration records and current inspection report where applicable for multiple activities at the one premise (eg. EA and Food Licence on the one premise). Applications must be accompanied by the relevant fee and consent of the licence/registration holder.
To amend the licence into another person's name, an Application for Amendment of Food Business Licence and relevant fee must be submitted to Council. This form must be signed by both the current licensee and the proposed licensee and accompanied by the relevant fee.

Renovating, relocating or making changes to an existing food business

If you intend to renovate or refurbish an existing premise, you may be required to make an Application for Amendment of Food Business Licence and submit to Council with the relevant fee and required information as outlined in the application form.

The process of assessing the application is the same as making an Application for a Food Business Licence. Please notify Council of any proposed changes before construction commences and to determine if an application for amendment of food business licence is required.