Under the Food Act, for a food business to change ownership, the existing registration must be closed. An application for a new registration must then be made by the new owner/s.
A proprietor wishing to cancel their registration can do so using the Food Act premises closure form(PDF, 108KB) . Once completed, the form can then be posted, emailed or dropped in to any of the Shire Offices. For further details, please see out Contact Us page.
The below steps provide a guide for a new owner to register a purchased food business.
There are quite a few different types of Food Premises, and a lot of things to know before applying to register one. More information about general requirements can be found on our Food Business Requirements page.
For a list of some other places you may want to check before taking over a registered business, see the “Getting All of the Information” tab at the bottom of the page.
You may wish to arrange an inspection of the premises prior to the settlement of the business purchase. A Pre-Purchase inspection will provide general information about the fit out and fixtures within the food premises and whether the premises complies with the Food Standards Code Australia and New Zealand, Chapter 3.2.3 food premises and equipment. Please note, an application for a Pre-Purchase Inspection must be signed by both the vendor and the purchaser.
Alternatively, you can download the application for a pre-purchase inspection for a food business(PDF, 146KB). Fill the form out and post or email it to the Shire and make payment over the phone. Alternatively, you can lodge the application and pay at any one of the Shire offices. Please see our contact us page for email, postal and phone details and office locations.
Make sure you’ve got everything you need before applying. This includes any other permits you might require. See the "Required Information and Documents Checklist" tab below to check that you've got everything you need to provide.
Download the Food Act Registration Form(PDF, 162KB). Fill the form out and post or email it, along with the required documents, to the Shire and make payment over the phone. Alternatively, you can lodge the application and pay at any one of the Shire offices. Please see our contact us page for email, postal and phone details and office locations.
Once your application has been received, along with the application fee and any required documents, an officer will contact you to organise an inspection of the premises. Once approved, you will receive a Food Act Certificate of Registration. Your premises will then be registered until 31 December. Registrations are required to be renewed each year. An invitation to renew your business registration will be sent towards the end of the year explaining how to renew your business.