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New Food Businesses
A food business, including home based businesses, must notify Council of their food handling operations by providing their business contact details on the designated notification form below:
Notification is required 14 days prior to opening and is only required once, unless your business details change.
Once your notification is received, a pre-opening inspection of your business can be arranged (free of charge) to assist the owner with design/ layout advice and food safety requirements.
Mobile Food Vendors
There are two types of permits:
- Annual Event Mobile Food Vendor Permit $209 (for trading at events only)
- City Mobile Food Vendor Permit $200/month or $2000/year (for trading at events AND at designated areas in the Holdfast Bay area). NOTE: The permit application form includes a map of all designated areas,
To apply for either of those permits, please complete the form below:
More information on food safety for outdoor events can be found here:
FREE Food Safety Training and Information
I'm Alert is a free online training tool to help food businesses make sure that food is suitable and safe. The program is equivalent to a two-day consultant delivered course. On completion, a training acknowledgement form can be printed for your staff records.
You might also find the following information useful:
Food Safety Rating Scheme
The City of Holdfast Bay is currently participating in the voluntary State-wide Food Safety Rating Scheme.
Its purpose is to inform consumers about how well a food business complies with the Food Safety Standards at the time of their unannounced routine inspection by providing a score, in the form of stars, for businesses to display at their discretion.
- 5 stars = Excellent
- 4 stars = Very Good
- 3 stars = Good
- Businesses who receive a rating of less than 3 stars are not eligible for a Star Rating.
Certificates are awarded after a routine inspection by one of Council’s Environmental Health Officers has been undertaken, and any non-compliance matters are rectified. It is important to recognise that it is optional for a business to display their rating and only food service businesses such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, take-away shops, hotels and retail bakeries are eligible to participate in the Scheme at this stage.
Further information regarding the Scheme, including supporting documentation and contact details, can be located on the SA Health Food Safety Rating Scheme website.
Our Environmental Health Officers work with food businesses to advise and educate food handlers on the correct way of handling food and keeping food safe and suitable.
Should you have any complaints or questions related to food or food premises, please contact our Environmental Health Department on 8229 9999.
Should you find a foreign object in your food, it is important that you keep it with the food, and store it in a safe place (freezing is recommended). Keep the receipt if possible.
Symptoms of food borne illness may include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, sore throat with fever and jaundice.
If you experience these symptoms, you should see a doctor for immediate medical attention. Ask your doctor to take a specimen sample which will then be sent to a laboratory for analysis.