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If you are setting up a new food business you will need to lodge a Food Licence new application form attaching:
Plans should indicate the types of material used for benches, floors, walls and ceilings.
Other necessary approvals include Planning and Development approvals.
If you are purchasing an existing business, Hinchinbrook Shire Council recommends you seek a Health Search of the existing business by completing a Health Search application form. This service includes:
A photographic report is then compiled outlining all existing or potential non-compliances. This report can then be used in the negotiations between seller and purchaser.
If you are ceasing to conduct your business you cannot transfer your licence. You are required to surrender your licence to Council by completing an application to cancel a Licence or Registration and returning it to Council together with your original licence. You may be entitled to a rebate of part of your annual licence fee.
The self assessment checklists are a convenient tool to enable food business operators to check that they are conducting their business in compliance with legislation.