New food businesses
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 and building approval for the premises. Planning / Building can be contacted by phoning 08 9432 9999 or by email here . Please note that the Environmental Health Department cannot proceed with your application if you have not provided evidence that you have obtained the appropriate Planning / Building approvals for the site or confirmation from the Planning / Building Department advising that the site has the appropriate approvals in place.
Our food business construction guidelines will provide you with detailed information on approval and construction requirements. All prospective food business operators should make an appointment with an Environmental Health Officer to discuss ideas to ensure the premises comply with all relevant legislation.
To transfer the registration of a food business you must complete an application to transfer a food business.
Environmental health inspections
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.
Please note that applicants wishing to trade from a market operating from a 'fixed set up' location including fixed stalls at the the Fremantle Markets and E-shed Markets must complete an application to register a new food business. Stalls operating in a 'pop up' style are required to complete a temporary food stall application form.
I'm Alert - food safety training
Click here to find out more about food safety training.
Unique food vehicles
The City of Fremantle has embraced the emerging national and international food truck scene and are activating ‘forgotten’ public spaces though the launch of a unique food vehicle project. The intent is to identify under-utilised public spaces in the community and make them available to diverse food vehicle businesses that offer culturally unique, healthy, fresh, high quality, safe and reasonably priced food.
Read more on our unique food vehicle project page.
Outdoor eating areas (alfresco dining)
Find out more about alfresco dining here.
Temporary food stalls (for markets or events)
Temporary food stall holders wishing to trade at approved events or at a recognised market within the City of Fremantle require approval from our Environmental Health Services team.
Find out more about temporary food stalls here.
Residential food premises
If you wish to sell food that you have prepared at home, then you must ensure you have obtained home occupation Planning approval first. Planning can be contacted by phoning 08 9432 9999 or by email here . Please note that the Environmental Health Department cannot proceed with your application if you have not provided evidence that you have obtained the appropriate Planning approvals for the site or confirmation from the Planning Department advising that the site has the appropriate approvals in place.
Once you have obtained the Planning information you will then need to complete the application to register a residential food business, and submit to the City of Fremantle.
Our residential food business guidelines provide information on what is required for residential food business to be suitable to prepare low risk foods or you can contact our environmental health services on (08) 9432 9999.
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:
- Food labelling - guidelines (for food stalls and other commercial food businesses)
- Food labelling - information for community and charity groups
The food standards Australia New Zealand website may also be very helpful. Providing a nutrition panel calculator, simply specify the ingredients used and the calculator with generate the nutrition panel information.