Food business registration

Whether you are buying an existing food business, or starting a new one, registration of your food business must be obtained before you start to operate.

This includes food businesses such as:

  • Food trucks or food stalls.
  • Commerical premises.
  • Home businesses.

For food trucks and food stalls, registration needs to occur with the local government that the food business is garaged or stored. Only a single registration is required which is valid across all of WA.

Some exemptions do apply, such as businesses that only sell low-risk, pre-packaged food. Although community and charity organisations are often also exempt from registration, a completed application form is still required as notification of the food activities occurring.

Further information is available on the ‘What is a Food Business ?’ fact sheet.

Application requirements

If you are taking over an existing food business with no changes to the premises, only a completed application form and a copy of your menu is likely to be required.

If you are starting a new food business, then a copy of the floor plans and elevations, menu, recipes and labelling information may be required. Please refer to our ‘Starting a New Food Business’ page for further information.

The fee for the registration of a food business can be found within the Environmental Health Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Lodging an application

You can lodge an application for food business registration:

Online (preferred) – Please refer to the City’s e-application service.

Or by completing the application form and submitting it:

  • In person – Visit the City of Joondalup Administration Centre, 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.
  • By post – To the City at PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.

Cancelling food business registration

If you are selling your food business or no longer wishing to operate, it is a requirement that your food business registration be cancelled. Cancelling your registration is easy:

Online (preferred) – Please refer to the City’s e-application service.

Or by completing the application form and submitting it:

  • In person – Visit the City of Joondalup Administration Centre, 90 Boas Avenue, Joondalup.
  • By Post – Post your application to the City at PO Box 21, Joondalup WA 6919.