If potentially hazardous food will be handled by the new food business owner, the business requires a Food Business Registration before beginning operation. Food business registration is not transferable and must be renewed annually.
Food businesses that do not handle potentially hazardous food are not required to be registered, but must notify Council before beginning operation of the business.
A Food Business Registration Application or Food Business Notification form, as applicable, must be submitted no less than 14 days before the desired start date of operation.
To support your application, please submit evidence of your food safety training. City of Launceston offers free on-line food safety training to assist you with this requirement if you do not already have current food safety training certification.
Before you can start operating, a City of Launceston Environmental Health Officer must conduct an inspection and give approval to operate. To prepare for the inspection and limit delays, refer to the Food Business Pre-opening Inspection Checklist(PDF, 66KB) to ensure essential works have been completed prior to the inspection. If the answer to any questions is "NO", please take action to rectify the issue/s before the final inspection. If you will not be ready by the time of the scheduled final inspection, please contact us to defer the appointment. Additional inspections may be required if essential works have not been completed and re-inspection fees may apply. Please note, depending on competing priorities, it may not be possible for rescheduled or additional inspections to be performed later on the same day.
Subject to assessment of the suitability of the facility and the applicant to operate safely as a food business, an application for registration of a food business may be refused, approved or approved with conditions.