Starting a food business

Before selling or producing food intended for sale, food businesses in WA are required to notify or register with the appropriate enforcement agency. This will be either:

  • a local government
  • the Department of Health  

The agency that the food business is required to notify or register with will depend on the location of the business and the type of produce it will sell.

Local government registration or notification

Local governments are the enforcement agencies for food businesses within their local districts. This includes:

If you are looking at starting a food business please contact the environmental and public health services at the relevant local government (external site) where your food business will be located.

Read more about the requirements for registration of a food business.

Department of Health registration or notification

The Environmental Health Directorate of the Department of Health is the enforcement agency for food businesses related to:

  • public hospitals and aged care facilities
  • dairy (primary production, processing, transportation)
  • seafood (primary production or manufacturing of bivalve molluscs)
  • food business not within a local government area (Kings Park, Rottnest, State Athletic Stadium and the WA Basketball Centre).

If you intend to start a food business that requires you to register with the Department, you need to complete the following form: 

Please return via:

  • Email: foodsafety@health.wa.gov.au
  • Postal address: Food Unit, Environmental Health Directorate, PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre 6849

Exemptions and fees

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

Resources for food businesses

More information

  • For information about starting a food business contact the relevant local government environmental and public health services where the proposed food business is to be located. Refer to the online local government directory (external site) for contact details.
  • For food businesses in Kings Park, Rottnest Island, or locations not within a local government district, contact the Environmental Health Directorate by emailing foodsafety@health.wa.gov.au
Last reviewed: 14-07-2020
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