In Victoria, there is a state-wide registration and notification scheme for temporary and mobile food premises which applies under the Food Act 1984. Under the state-wide system, one council will be primarily responsible for approving your food handling operations. It is known as your “principal council”.
Your principal council is the council:
- In which your business prepares or stores food that is to be sold from a van, stall, or vending machine;
- If food is not usually prepared or stored beforehand by your business - the district in which you usually store the equipment for a stall, or garage your food van or water transport vehicle;
- If none of the above apply - the district in which your usual business address is located; or
- If none of the above are in Victoria - the district in which the food van, water transport vehicle, stall or vending machines will first operate in Victoria.
Depending on your food handling activities (as determined by your class classification), if you operate a food van, food stall, food vending machine/s or a drinking water carting business you will only need to register with, or notify, your principal council and submit a statement of trade (SOT) to each council area that you will trade in.
To determine what class of food premises will apply based on your level of risk, please visit the Business Classification Tool.