Registering your food business
Council’s Environmental Health Officers are responsible for regularly
inspecting all types of food establishments, to ensure that they are
structurally sound, assess compliance with the Food Act 2003 and Food Safety Standards, and to provide advice and information to business owners.
Council charges an annual inspection and administration fee for these inspections, which is updated annually – these fees can be found in Councils fees and charges document. Please contact Council’s customer service on 4993 4100 for further details regarding fees.
The Officer will assess the following as part of a routine health inspection:
- general items: that you have appointed a trained Food Safety Supervisor (FSS), have an FSS certificate on the premises, and that food handlers have skills and knowledge to handle food safely
- food handling controls: storage, display, transport and processing of food; the risk of cross-contamination
- cleaning and sanitising, hand washing and provision of facilities
- food temperature control
- pest control
- premises design and construction
- food labelling
Cessnock Council uses a standardised checklist during routine inspections to ensure consistency between officers.
Food Safety Supervisor
As of 1 October 2011 NSW food laws required certain food businesses to have at least one trained Food Safety Supervisor (FSS).