City of Subiaco - Food businesses
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Food businesses

Food businesses

All food businesses operating in the City of Subiaco must be registered. This page contains information about licensing, food business guidelines, food handling training and inspections

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Starting a new food business

Businesses wishing to sell or handle food must be registered as a food business in the City of Subiaco (exceptions do apply – please refer to information about exempted food businesses).

Before any application for registration is submitted to the city, please ensure that you have the necessary planning and building approvals.

To register your food business in the City of Subiaco you are required to submit the following items to the city:

For more information regarding the above, please refer to the city's food business guidelines (PDF, 642KB).  

Buying an existing food business

If you are purchasing an existing food business within the City of Subiaco, you are required to notify us.  Please complete the registration/notification form (above) to advise of any changes to the menu and operators.

Once this form is completed, you will be issued with a certificate of registration which needs to be displayed in the food premises.

Please note the existing proprietor must submit a food business cancellation form (PDF, 46KB) upon closing the business or prior to settlement.

Exempted food businesses

The Food Act 2008 provides for certain types of food businesses to be exempt from the requirements of registration.

These types of businesses are set out in the Food Regulations 2009 and are businesses that:

  • are conducted solely for charitable or community purposes and prepare non-potentially hazardous food or food that, after being appropriately cooked, is served for immediate consumption
  • sell certain packaged food
  • provide complimentary drinks in conjunction with another kind of business
  • form part of premises registered under the Commonwealth Export Control Act 1982.

While exempted food businesses are not subject to the same registration requirements, they must still notify the city of their intention to undertake food business activities prior to doing so, and provide the city with the following:

  • a completed food business notification and registration form (above)
  • payment of a one-off $50 notification fee (exempted food businesses are not required to pay the annual fees associated with registered food businesses).

Free online food handling training

The City of Subiaco takes food hygiene seriously, and believes good food hygiene starts with educated food handlers. To assist food businesses in meeting their obligations to train staff, a free interactive training tool called I'm Alert has been developed.

The program is easy to follow and includes entertaining presentations, as well as interactive quizzes. Upon completion of the program, a training acknowledgement form can be printed.

For further information on this training, please refer to the I'm Alert training guidelines (PDF, 1.45MB) or to start I'm Alert online training.