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Business & Community Food Businesses
For all new food premises, and any existing food business that you want to renovate, development consent is required before you start any building work or renovations. If you are not carrying out any building works or renovations, then simply register your business.
It is an offence to operate a food business without consent. When a food business opens up or changes owners in the Willoughby local government area, Council must be notified.
Approved restaurants and cafes can apply to Council to place outdoor dining furniture on the footpath directly in front of their premises for the use of their customers.
Council’s Environmental Health Officers carry out regular inspections of food businesses in the Willoughby local government area to make sure that they comply with required food safety standards. They check that premises are clean, that food handlers have appropriate skills and that food is safely prepared and stored.
Council has a responsibility to enforce food safety laws, and may take regulatory enforcement action for breaches. Action is undertaken in accordance with the NSW Food Authority Compliance and Enforcement Policy. This action may be taken as a result of an inspection or from investigating a complaint.
To help food business operators meet their legal obligations and ensure that the food they produce is safe and meets quality standards, here is a list of useful resources.
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