What is it?
If you have a mobile or temporary food business, such as a food van, which is garaged in the City of Port Phillip, you need to register it to operate.
You can register your business with City of Port Phillip using the website FoodTrader. This is a state-wide registration site for temporary and mobile food businesses.
Through FoodTrader you can:
- apply for registration with City of Port Phillip
- manage your renewal of registration each year
- list when and where you will trade (called a Statement of trade or ‘SOT’).
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Who’s it for?
FoodTrader is for businesses, individuals or community groups selling food or drinks from a mobile food van or temporary food premises.
|Type of fee||Cost|
|Registration/ notification fee|
Varies from $0 to $918 p.a.
Class 4 notifications do not attract a registration fee.
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Before you apply
Information and factsheets on running a mobile food business or a temporary food stall can be found on the FoodTrader website.
When you apply
It is recommended that your submit a plan for your proposed mobile food vehicle prior to construction to ensure that it complies with the National Food Safety Standards.
It must show the:
- types of equipment you'll use
- equipment location.
Equipment you may use includes:
- handwashing facilities
- cooking equipment
- storage areas
- and more.
A mobile food vehicle must be inspected by an EHO before registration is granted.
You’ll need to submit your application through FoodTrader and an Environmental Health Officer will contact you.
An application fee of $259 applies and registration/ notification fees vary from zero to $198 per annum.
Permission to operate
If you want to sell food from Council land in the City of Port Phillip, you must apply for permission.
Once your Mobile or Temporary Food Business is registered, you’ll also need to apply for permission to operate your business in City of Port Phillip.
Permanent foreshore trading
There are a limited number of permanent foreshore trading sites offered for fixed-term licences.
Any sites that become available will be offered to the market by a Public Expressions of Interest process, and advertised on the City of Port Phillip Tenderlink site.