Our environmental health officers routinely inspect all food businesses within the City of Fremantle for compliance with the Food Act, Regulations and Food Safety Standards to ensure hygiene and structural requirements are being maintained. The inspection rate is dependent on the food types sold or produced, previous inspection results and if vulnerable consumer groups are the targeted population. We also regularly sample food from city based manufacturers such as bakeries and butchers.
If you want to open a new food business within the City of Fremantle, you will need to first ensure you have correct planning approval for the premises. Our food business construction guidelines will provide you with detailed information on approval and construction requirements. All prospective food business operators must make an appointment with an environmental health officer to discuss ideas to ensure the premises comply with all relevant legislation.
All food businesses must notify or register with the City of Fremantle by completing the application to notify or register a new food business. Your food business may also have to pay a one-off registration fee and annual licence fee.
Food stall holders wishing to trade at the a recognised market such as Fremantle Markets, Mad Hatter Market and Growers Fresh Arts and Crafts Market within the City of Fremantle require approval from our Environmental Health Services team regardless of the type of food they intend to sell. Food stall setup, food safety guidelines and the relevant application forms have all the information required to enable you to join our local food suppliers. All stallholders must notify or register with the City of Fremantle by completing the application to register a trading in public place - food stall.
Food stall holders wishing to trade at ongoing markets such as Growers Green Market in a private land within the City of Fremantle require approval from our Environmental Health Services team. You will need to complete the application to register a trading in public place -private property -food stall.
You may need to attach all relevant documentations such as proof of food safety knowledge and skills, an existing Certificate of Registration with another local council and a certificate of currency (public liability insurance) to avoid the delay in processing your application. Please allow 10 working days to process your application. Late application will not be accepted.
One-off approved events - food stalls and food vehicles
Should you wish to operate a food stall or vehicle at an approved event, please check with the event organiser first before completing for the relevant application. You will need to complete the application to register a trading in public places - food stall. For information on what you will require to operate your food stall please refer to the Food Safety standards. The minimum standards for the operation of a food stall, provides an example of what a food stall should look like.
If you wish to trade at Bunning's O'Connor, you must notify with the City of Fremantle by completing the application to register a trading in public place - Bunning's O'Connor.
If you wish to sell food that you have prepared at home, then you must have approval from your local government where the home is located. Contact your local council for further information or if you are a City of Fremantle resident, you will need to complete the application to conduct food handling activities in a residential premises, and submit to the City of Fremantle.
Food premises and product complaints
If you have found a foreign object in a food product, retain the portion and contact our Environmental Health Sservices team on 08 9432 9999.
Should you find a food business within the City of Fremantle that has unacceptable hygiene or maintenance standards, contact our compliance services team .
For suspected food poisoning cases, see our food section.
Labelling of food products
Food products are required to be labelled in accordance with the Food Standards Code. The only exemption from this is food produced solely for community or charity fund raising events. For more information you can download the following brochures: