Project Status: When you need to do this
What you need to do
Lodge a business registration form
Before you open, you need to lodge a new premises registration and change of existing registration form (PDF 65.56KB).
Operating a food business without consent is an offence.
Arrange a free pre-development application meeting
The site may already have development consent to operate as a food business. If not, check it is suitable before lodging your development application.
If you need development consent
You’ll need to lodge a development application.
Typically, this is because you’re setting up a brand new business, changing opening times and signs, or renovating the building. It may also be because your food business fits out a venue that serves food or drinks, or change its use in some other way.
If your premises includes outdoor dining
If your food business includes outdoor dining, you’ll need to apply for permission.
If you’re intending to serve alcohol
If you’re intending to serve alcohol, you’ll need a liquor licence.
A liquor licence freeze is currently in effect for parts of the local area. To find out more and lodge your application, you need to go through Liquor & Gaming NSW.
Apply for a food safety supervisor certificate
Find out how to appoint a food safety supervisor through the NSW Food Authority.
Further advice is available from our environmental health officers on 02 9265 9333.
If you discharge trade wastewater
You’ll need to apply for a trade waste permit through Sydney Water.
Before you start
Find a suitable premises
- Make sure the premises is large enough and has a kitchen exhaust or room for one to be installed. The exhaust must discharge vertically above the roof level and not adversely affect another household or business. Further smoke or odour controls may be necessary.
- If a grease trap is required by Sydney Water, it mustn’t be installed in any kitchen, food preparation or food storage areas. You should be able to empty the trap from the boundary of the property.
After you finish
Once all appropriate approvals have been issued, you can start trading.
Food premises inspections are not required before you start trading. Once you've registered the City of Sydney will carry out random, unannounced inspections.