Food safety

Waverley Council has approximately 500 food shop businesses operating in the Local Government Area (LGA), which are regularly monitored by Council’s Environment Health Officers. Food businesses are inspected to ensure compliance with the Food Act 2003 and the Food Standards Code.

The Environmental Health Officers also follow up on food contamination complaints or unclean food premises, and work in partnership with the NSW Food Authority to address food-related matters.

Covid 19 - advice and resources for food businesses

Council is committed to ensuring hygienic and safe food services operate in the community in order to prevent the further spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). Council’s Environmental Health Officers will continue to do inspections of those food businesses currently operating in the Waverley Local Government Area. To help you provide safe and hygienic services, please take the time to review and follow the advice provided by the NSW Government at the following links:

Further general advice is available at NSW Health website.
Free online training also available for food businesses here.

If you have any questions about operating your business during this time, please call 9083 8000 or email info@waverley.nsw.gov.au

Fees & charges

All food business receive a combined Annual Administration and Inspection charge at the start of each financial year.  Additional fees and charges maybe be incurred by the business and are detailed in Council's Pricing Policy and Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Who do I need to notify about my food business?

Food businesses must be registered with either the NSW Food Authority or the Local Council based on the type of food business you plan on operating, details on who to notify can be found below.   In addition to notification of new food businesses, all food businesses are required to notify their relevant enforcement agency (Council or the Food Authority) of any changes to their business details.

You need to notify Waverley Council if your food business operates in the Waverley LGA and is a:

  • children's service, eg. childcare or daycare where food is provided
  • manufacturer/distributer/caterer/importer who sells direct to the final consumer (excluding water-based food service such as river/harbour/lake cruises, ferries, floating restaurants)
  • retail food outlet, eg:
    • café’s, restaurants, takeaway outlets;
    • food stalls at periodic or one-off events;
    • mobile food outlets, coffee carts, food trucks;
    • retail bakeries;
    • retail seafood outlets;
    • delicatessens;
    • chemists;
    • cinemas;
    • corner and convenience stores;
    • petrol stations;
    • school and sporting facility canteens; or
    • water carters.

To register your business, or notify Council of any changes please complete the application form.

You need to notify the Food Authority if your business is:

  • egg primary production producing no more than 20 dozen eggs (240 eggs) in any week;
  • poultry primary production growing no more than 100 birds at any given time;
  • catering and the food is not sold by retail directly to consumers;
  • home based and the food is not sold by retail directly to consumers:
    • i.e they sell on to another party such as a cafe or restaurant to on-sell;
  • food or food ingredient importing and you do not sell by retail directly to consumers;
  • food manufacturing that does not need a Food Authority licence, eg:
    • wholesale bakeries;
    • noodle manufacturers;
    • confectionary manufacturers;
    • beverage manufacturers (including alcohol, soft drinks, juices, water bottlers);
    • manufacturers of dips, condiments, honey, oils etc;
    • acid preserved food manufacturers; or
    • nut and coffee roasters
  • food wholesaling that does not need a Food Authority licence, eg:
    • wholesalers that do not manufacture food products;
    • distributers; or
    • contract repackers;
  • water-based food service Including river/harbour/lake cruises, ferries, floating restaurants; or
  • transporting live poultry

To register your business, or notify the Food Authority of any changes please submit your details at www.foodnotify.nsw.gov.au

Temporary food business

For information on temporary food stalls in Waverley, please refer to Food at Fairs and Events.

Food shop fit-outs

The design, construction, and fit-out of all food premises must comply with the Food Standards Code Chapter 3.2.3 as prescribed by the Food Act 2003.

The Waverley Council Policy for Fit-out and Construction of Food Premises provides a clear and concise guide on how a food business can be fitted out to ensure that it complies with the Food Act 2003 and Food Standards Code.

The Food Standards Code is a performance based standard which allows for a wide variety of methods for compliance. If you wish to implement an alternative solution that is not provided for within Waverley Council’s Policy for Fit-out and Construction of Food Premises, you will need to demonstrate how your proposed solution complies with Chapter 3.2.3 of the Food Standards Code.

Chapter 3 of the Food Standards Code can be accessed from the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.

Healthier oil

Council, in conjunction with the Heart Foundation, recommends food businesses use healthier fats and oils when cooking preparing and cooking food to help meet customer demand for healthier choices.

For more information, download the Healthier Oils flier, visit the Heart Foundation website or the Heart Foundation Tick website.

Resources Free online food safety training

Waverley takes food hygiene very seriously and to assist businesses Council is providing a free online training program for you to utilise. This will assist you and your staff in food safety awareness for your food business.

Contact

For more information about food safety regulations for food businesses, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9083 8000 or email info@waverley.nsw.gov.au.

Need more information?

Council has a Duty Planner available for general enquiries relating to the planning process, policies and lodgement requirements.The Duty Officer is not able to provide detailed planning advice or high level planning information. You can email your enquiry to duty.planner@waverley.nsw.gov.au or

  • Phone: 9083 8000
  • In person at our Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction (Monday to Friday 8:30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm)