Taking over an existing food business
If you are buying a food business that is already operating, you will need to apply for a food business licence from Council. It is not possible to transfer an existing food business licence to a new owner or operator. The new owner or operator must apply and receive approval for a food business licence before they start trading.
If you want written advice about the business, for a fee you may apply to Council for a:
- Health Records Search – This will provide the applicant a copy of the last inspection undertaken on the premises. Please note this will not include any compliance matters that may be outstanding.
- Pre-Sale Inspection – This will provide the applicant an up to date inspection report on the food premises, including any structural or other defects that require works to be undertaking.
The next steps are to complete a Food licence Application
Other checks required
Before submitting a food licence application you should check if other approvals are required:
Planning approval – contact Planning Department 07 4099 9444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Building approval – contact a private certifier
Plumbing approval – contact Plumbing Department 07 4099 9444 or email@example.com
Trade waste approvals- contact Plumbing Department 07 4099 9444 or firstname.lastname@example.org