As with any business selling food, you’ll need to register with the local council and notify with Streatrader.
Local council registration
For mobile food businesses, register with the council where:
- you prepare or store food
- you usually store your cooking equipment or park your food van
- your usual business address is
- for interstate operators who prepare or store food interstate or usually store your cooking equipment or park your food van interstate, where you will first operate in Victoria
After you’re registered with your main council, you’ll need to let the other councils know that you’ll be trading in their area.
Use Streatrader to send your statement of trade to the councils.
If you’re seeking to trade from public space, you’ll need some kind of permit from the local council. It’s additional to the food safety registration. You might be talking to a different local council too.
The name of the permit varies between councils:
- street trading permit (Melbourne)
- itinerant trader permit (Darebin)
- mobile food permit and temporary food permit (Port Phillip)
- mobile food vehicle permit (City of Yarra)
- mobile food van permit (Mornington Peninsula)
Give your local council a call or raid their website. Not sure who is your local council?
If you’re looking to trade at a market, they ought to have approval from the council for you to trade. Make sure you ask them before you hand over any fees.
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