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Food Safety

Most food businesses operating within the Blacktown area need to be registered with Blacktown Council or notified to the NSW Food Authority.

Notification allows government food agencies to assess food handling risks and maintain a relationship with food businesses including random routine inspections for medium to high risk businesses.

Who needs to notify Blacktown Council of their business?

Food businesses that must be registered with Blacktown Council include:

  • Children’s services such as child care or day care where food is provided
  • Importers who retail from their premises
  • Retail food outlets, such as -
    • café’s, restaurants, takeaway outlets
    • food stalls at periodic or one-off events
    • mobile food outlets, coffee carts, food trucks
    • seafood retailers that process (e.g. skin, gut, fillet, shuck) seafood, as long as they do not wholesale product – these need a Food Authority licence
    • but not: butchers – these need a Food Authority licence
  • Businesses which sell food as a smaller part of their business, such as –
    • chemists
    • cinemas
    • corner stores & convenience stores
    • petrol stations
    • sporting facilities
  • School canteens.

You can register you food business with Blacktown Council by completing a food premises registration form, available on the Application Forms page on this site.

Once the application form is completed email it to

Contact Blacktown Council’s Environmental Health Team on (02) 9839 6055 between 8am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday if you have any questions.

Notify to the NSW Food Authority

Businesses that need to notify to the NSW Food Authority include:

  • Caterers not retailing the food at their premises
  • Egg farms producing no more than 20 dozen eggs in any week
  • Home food preparation where the food is not retailed at the premises, such as -
    • for catering businesses
    • for food stalls at periodic or one-off events
    • home-based businesses
  • Importers of food or food ingredients that do not retail from their premises
  • Manufacturers if they do not need a Food Authority licence
  • Poultry meat farms growing fewer than 100 birds
  • Transport of live poultry
  • Wholesalers.

The NSW Food Authority has an online registration service which may be accessed by following the link below.

Exemptions to notification requirements

Some businesses are exempt from notification, these include:

  • Not-for-profit community or fundraising events where the food sold is either -

(a) not potentially hazardous i.e. does not need temperature control, or

(b) to be consumed immediately after thorough cooking

  • Businesses that hold a Food Authority licence
  • Primary production food businesses such as farms other than dairy, egg or poultry meat farms, fishing or shellfish production – these are not exempt and need either a licence or to notify

Both Council and the NSW Food Authority need to be notified of any change of ownership details by way of the abovementioned forms.

When commencing a new food business a Development Application may be required when it is necessary to install a new food preparation area or retrofit an existing area.

All works undertaken in constructing the premises must comply with the following standards and legislation.

  • Food Act 2003 and Regulations there under.
  • Australian Standard 4674-2004 Design, construction and fit-out of food premises.
  • Australian Standard 1668.2-2012 The use of ventilation and air conditioning in buildings – Ventilation design for indoor air contaminant control


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