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Many people operate their own small business from their residential home. This is called Home Occupation. The Monash Planning Scheme allows a person to use their residential home for home occupation provided certain specific requirements are fully satisfied. Please see the following guidelines for details: Home-Based Business in Monash Guidelines.
If you want to make food from home to sell to others, or store food at home to sell to others, you will be considered a food business. Therefore, you will require registration with Council under the Food Act 1984.
As a home-based food business, you must comply with the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, and understand the following:
For more information and the requirements of a home-based food business, please refer to the guide: Setting up a Home-Based Food Business(PDF, 1MB), and contact Council’s Public Health Unit on 9518 3555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For a short video on starting a home-based food business, please see the Department of Health’s website: How to start a home-based kitchen.
For more information on the requirements of different food business classes, please see: Food Business Classifications.
Council now offers a streamlined online single application form and specialist customer service through a Business Application Officer to help you upfront and throughout your permit process (checklists and tools to guide you through assessing and applying for the right permits). Visit: Starting or Buying a Business - Business Application