Health approval

This step is relevant to both food, beverage and hospitality businesses or skin penetration and hairdressing premises.

Food, beverage and hospitality businesses

Food, beverage and hospitality businesses are vital to the community by increasing tourism and boosting the economy. However, there are legislation and codes of practice to follow, specific health and safety training to undertake and approvals to obtain before opening.

We have outlined these below:

Government legislation and Food Standards Code

It is important that you take the time to read the requirements of the Food Act 2008, the Food Regulations 2009 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Chapter three of the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code outlines the structural requirements your business must meet, as well as highlighting the essential food handling and staff hygiene practices that must be followed to ensure the safe production of food. The City also has a food business guide to summarise relevant requirements for start-up food businesses.

Food safety training

It is the legal responsibility of every food business to ensure their food handlers have adequate food safety skills and knowledge. There are different programs available to help businesses meet their food safety legislative responsibilities:

I’m Alert

The City of Stirling highly recommends taking the free online food safety training course, I’m Alert. The course takes approximately one and a half hours to complete all 20 food safety training modules. Once finished, food handlers can print their Certificate of Completion.

To find out more information or to access the course, please visit the I’m Alert website.

FoodSafe

FoodSafe is an in-house training program developed by Environmental Health Australia to establish and document basic food hygiene practices and train food handlers.

When following this program, your business will be required to appoint a FoodSafe coordinator who will be the trainer and the first point of contact for the FoodSafe program. Once the program is established, an internal and external audit of your business is undertaken. Upon completion of the FoodSafe program, the City of Stirling will issue a FoodSafe certificate and window sticker.

Please note, this program does not meet the requirements of a regulatory food safety program for high-risk sectors. Examples of high-risk sectors include aged-care homes and day-care centres.

For more information on the FoodSafe program or products, please visit the EHA website.

Registration and notification of a new food business

Once all operational approvals from relevant bodies have been secured, you must by law complete and submit a Food Premises Notification Form to the City prior to starting business operations. When you submit your application, you must supply the following documents and information:

  • Scaled floor plans showing the position of all fixtures and equipment
  • Scaled sectional elevation plans showing the position of all fixtures and equipment
  • Information on all wall, floor and ceiling finishes
  • An indication of hot and cold water supply and wastewater services
  • Location and details of toilet facilities
  • Mechanical exhaust ventilation and grease traps (where applicable)
  • Information on bin storage enclosures and wash down facilities.

Obtaining a liquor licence

If your business is planning to serve alcohol, you are required by law to hold and display a section 39 and/or section 40 certificate.

To obtain a section 39 and/or section 40 certificate an applicant must provide the City with:

  • A written request for a section 39 and/or section 40 certificate, including the name and address of the premises and the contact details of the applicant
  • A copy of the completed liquor licence application form, which you get from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
  • A plan detailing the extent of the licensed area
  • The $100.00 application fee.

Once received, your application will be assessed in accordance with the legislative and scheme requirements.

Section 39 certificate applications may require a site visit from an environmental health officer and in some circumstances an application to commence development (development approval) may be required prior to a section 40 certificate being issued.

For more information relating to section 39 and 40 certificates, please phone our Customer Contact Centre. For more information on liquor licence applications, please visit the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor website.

What happens next?

Once your application has been assessed by an environmental health officer and is deemed compliant (this will involve a site inspection), your business will be registered with the City, and you will be approved to start operations. You must also submit a Food Premises Notification Form within 7 days, when there has been a change of business operator at an existing business premises, or when there is a change in the business name.

Annual health inspection fees

All food-based businesses must pay an annual health inspection/registration fee, per calendar year, based upon the inspection frequency assigned to the business. Charitable or community organisations may be exempt from paying inspection fees.

To enquire about your organisation’s eligibility for an exemption, please provide documentation confirming your charitable or community status and send it to environmentalhealth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

For more information, see Food safety and inspections.

Environmental health issues

If there is a environmental health issue that you'd like the city to investigate, submit a health service request form:

Environmental health service request

Skin penetration and hairdressing premises

If you are opening a business in skin penetration or hairdressing, you will be required to notify the City prior to commencing. 

Please find the relevant forms the City require before granting approval below: 

Notification of premises where skin penetration procedures are conducted

Notification of hairdressing premises

If you require more information, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 08 9205 8555.