Whether you are starting a new business or have plans buying or expanding an existing business; there are a range of registrations, licenses, permits, approvals and compliance your business might need from Council.
Below is essential information to guide your engagement with Council in support of your business enquiries.
Are you planning to alter, or renovate your existing commercial/retail/industrial property? Please use the Approval Wizard to determine whether the development needs approval.
If the development requires approval, please refer to the SA Planning Portal https://plan.sa.gov.au/ where you can find various resources and checklists to assist your application as well as to lodge your application.
A checklist for lodging Development Applications can be found HERE.
Mobile food vendors
The Mobile Food Vendors policy is in place to guide the applications made to Council for the use of Council land, including roads and footpaths, for mobile vendors. The policy’s objectives are to allow for the operation of mobile food vending businesses within the legislative requirements of the Local Government Act in a manner that does not cause any public safety issues, nuisance to the surrounding residents or conflict with the permanent local business operators and service traders and that the amenity of the area is protected while enhancing the area’s vibrancy, which will encourage visitors and residents to the Yorke Peninsula.
Are you interested in getting your mobile vendor operated on the Yorke Peninsula?
- The Mobile Food Vendor application is downloadable HERE. Completed and signed applications are submitted to:
- Via mail:
- Yorke Peninsula Council – Development Services Department
- PO Box 57, MAITLAND SA 5573
- Via email: email@example.com
- Via mail:
- Before submitting a Mobile Food Vendor application, please carefully read the Mobile Food Vendor location maps and location rules .
- For monthly and annual Mobile Vendor Permit prices please refer to Council’s Fees and Charges Register HERE
What is a Food Business?
All business that are selling food are required to notify their local Council. Under the South Australian Food Act, a food business means a business, enterprise or activity (other than a primary food production business) that involves the handling of food intended for sale or the sale of food – regardless of whether the business, enterprise or activity concerned is of a commercial, charitable or community nature, or whether it involves the handling or sale of food on one occasion only. Such businesses as restaurants, cafes, takeaways, supermarkets, processor/manufacturer, bed and breakfasts, home-based kitchens, chemists, service stations, food stalls at markets, or any business that sells packaged food.
Food Business Notification
Businesses are required to notify the appropriate enforcement agency of their operations within 14 days of beginning operations; changes in ownership or contact information. Operating a food business without notifying Council is an offence and penalties may apply. Notification is free of charge.
Home based food businesses
If you’re a home-based food business, you are required to meet the same food safety requirements as other food businesses – regardless of the size of your operation, or how often you sell food. Notification is required for home-based food businesses.
Temporary Food Businesses
If your business sells food at temporary events like markets, fetes or shows you need to meet the same food safety requirements as other food businesses, regardless of the size of your business or how often you sell food. This includes charity and community groups that sell or provide food.
More information on selling temporary food at markets, fetes or stalls can be found here:
Food Safety & Hygiene
Councils Environmental Health Officer has a role to ensure that all food businesses with the Yorke Peninsula Council region operate in accordance with the Food Safety Standards. This is achieved through ensuring food businesses as complying with the relevant legislative requirements included in:
- South Australian Food Act 2001
- South Australian Food Regulations 2017
- Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
Food safety rating scheme
The Yorke Peninsula Council is participating in the voluntary state-wide Food Safety Rating Scheme. The Food Safety Rating Scheme provides information about how well local businesses comply with the Food Safety Standards at the time of their unannounced routine inspection through a star rating to allow the community to make informed choices about where they decide to purchase food.
5 Stars = Excellent
4 Stars = Very Good
3 Stars = Good
Food businesses who do not receive a rating of 3 or more stars are not eligible for participation in the Scheme.
Not all food businesses are part of the Scheme. Businesses that may take part in the Scheme include those who sell food that is normally consumed at the time of purchase or soon after, businesses such as;
- Take-away Shops
For more information please visit the SA Health ‘Food Safety Rating Scheme’ Webpage
Food Safety Changes 2023
SA Health has released a new Food Safety Standard 3.2.2A – Food Safety Management Tools.
This new standard introduces requirements for all food service, catering, and retail businesses that handle unpackaged, ready-to-eat, and potentially hazardous foods.
Impacted businesses must implement either two or three new food safety management tools which is dependent on their category (see image below for reference). The category is based on the risk of the food handling activities conducted by the business.
The tools include:
- mandatory food handler training
- implementation of a food safety supervisor(s)
- substantiation of key food safety controls
Affected businesses must implement the tools before 8 December 2023.
To access more information including videos, resources, templates, FAQs and to read the Standard, please visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/foodsafetymanagement
Further information regarding:
- Food Handler Training can be found through Food Handler Training FAQs | SA Health. Such training may include the following:
- Food Safety Supervisor Training, and to see a list of Registered Training Organisations that deliver the course please refer to Food Safety Supervisor Certification | SA Health
- The Substantiation of Key Food Safety Controls (including template examples for temperature control, food processing, cleaning and sanitising food preparation surfaces and utensils) please refer to Managing Prescribed Provisions | SA Health
Food Safety Fact Sheets
Cleaning & Sanitising
Commercial use of the footpath
A permit is required and needs to obtain before using a public road, including a footpath, for commercial use. The policy PO040 Commercial Use of Footpath regulates all applications made to the Council for the commercial use of footpaths.
The application form can be downloaded HERE. Before applying for a permit, it is recommended that applicants can refer to the Guidelines to Commercial Use of Footpaths and the Commercial Use of Footpath Checklist to assist with the application.
A fee of $75 for a three-year permit to conduct commercial activities, as per the Fees and Charges 2022-23
If you are planning to undertake commercial activities to collect money, pledges or goods on Council Footpaths, a permit is required by completing the Application to Collect Monies (inc. the Selling of Raffle Tickets).
Would you like to install some forms of signs for advertising purpose?
Please refer to Council’s Signs Information Sheet for guidance
If it is a moveable sign, the following Moveable Signs By-Law 2020 is applied by the Council