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.

Inspection fees

An inspection fee is charged in accordance with Council's Pricing Policy, Fees & Charges if Council's Environmental Health Officers are required to reinspect a food business.

Registering a food business

All food businesses must be registered with Council in order to operate in the Waverley. Also any change of business ownership must be notified.  To register your business, or change business ownership please complete the application form.

Food shop fit-outs

All new shop fit-outs must comply with the design standards as prescribed in Council's Fit-out and construction of food premises policy.

Food authority notification

It is mandatory that all food businesses in NSW (except those licensed by the NSW Food Authority and not-for-profit fundraising events) notify the NSW Food Authority of their food activity details.

You can notify the Authority in one of two ways:

  • Submit your notification online

    It is fast, free of charge and provides you with an instant certificate of confirmation. Follow instructions on how to complete your notification online at

  • Lodge a form

    Paper forms can be submitted to the NSW Food Authority directly. Please be aware that all paper forms incur a charge of $55.00 (GST included). Contact the Food Notification Help Desk on 1300 650 124 to obtain a form.

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.


Council has developed a number of fact sheets and resources for food businesses on how to maintain food safety in their day-to-day operations.

The NSW Food Authority has also prepared some information for takeaway chicken and noodle shops in particular.

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.

The online training can be viewed via this link. 


For more information about food safety regulations for food businesses, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 9083 8000 or email

Need planning advice?

Contact Council's Duty Planner:

  • Phone 8305 8484
  • Visit in person at our Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction
  • Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm