Home food preparation business
If you are thinking of preparing food at home for sale or consumption then it is best to speak with Council’s Duty Planning Officer on 02 4934 9700 (available 8.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday at Council's administration building).
The Duty Planning Officer will advise you if development consent is required for your business. If development consent is required, then you will need to lodge the appropriate application along with the applicable fee for Council to assess.
All food businesses operating in Maitland must also adhere to Council's Food Safety Program.
Building requirements for food preparation
If preparing food at home for sale or consumption, on a hobby, charity (including not for profit organisations offering in kind rewards) or commercial basis, then there are a number of standards that must be met.
The NSW Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 allows a dwelling to be used as a home business for the purpose of the manufacture of food for sale (subject to conditions). The development must:
- Not involve the change of building use
- Comply with Australian Standards 4674-2004 for design, construction and fit out of food premises.
- Before you start any works you must obtain a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) from Council or a private accredited certifier, which effectively is a combined planning and building approval.
- Comply with all requirements and regulations under the Food Act 2003 and the Food Standards Code.