Requirements for new premises
When opening a new food business it is necessary to ensure that it complies with all applicable legislation and Council’s requirements as this will avoid unnecessary disputes in the future.
It is important that food premises are set up correctly and all prospective proprietors should discuss their plans with Council’s Duty Planners prior to any action, to ensure that the proposed business and ideas are allowable and that the appropriate approvals are obtained.
The next step for proprietors is to discuss their plans with Council’s Environmental Health Officers who are responsible for food regulation and are able to assist you in interpreting the applicable legislation and may also conduct an inspection of the potential premises to advise you of what work is required.
It is likely that you will be required to submit some form of application for the business to Council. As part of this application, you will be required to submit the following:
- A site plan and locality sketch.
- A floor plan.
- Elevations of all internal walls.
- A typical section.
- Details of the cool room and freezers (where proposed) including the location of the motors, design, construction and the specifications including the SPL (Sound Pressure Level) in dB(A).
- Details of the proposed mechanical ventilation system, which must be demonstrated on the elevation plans.
- Details of the location and dimensions of the grease trap (contact Sydney Water 13 11 10 as you may need to obtain a trade waste permit).
Once approved and the premises are ready to open, you must contact Council’s Environmental Health Officers no less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to opening to enable them to inspect the premises.
Prior to opening your food premises you are required under the Food Act 2003 to notify your food business to Council and the NSW Food Authority (see the Notifying your Food Business section of their website for further information).
When your premises is open for business you must operate it in accordance with the reqiurements of the Food Standards Code 3.2.2 and 3.2.3 as with all other existing food premises are required to comply with. The information provided is to assist you in planning your new food business.
It is expected you will have more questions and Council’s Environmental Health Officers are available to assist during business hours on (02) 9978 4000.