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Buying or selling a food business

Buying or selling a food business

You must complete a transfer of the Food Act registration when you buy or sell a food business

Before you buy an existing food business, we strongly recommend you get an up-to-date Food Act transfer inspection done so you know exactly what you are buying.

Food Act transfer inspection process

  1. Download the Request transfer inspection and consent form.
  2. Get the current owner to sign the consent form
  3. Submit your completed form and pay the relevant transfer inspection fee:
    • $262 - standard process time (10 working days)
    • $360 - express process time (2 working days)
  4. We will organise the inspection and send you (or your solicitor) a copy of the Food Act transfer inspection.
  5. You should talk to your solicitor and agree who will be responsible for lodging the transfer of registration form just before you take over the business.

Transfer of registration

Once you've completed the transfer inspection process, you must complete a registration transfer form.

You should then:

  • lodge this form with our Health Services department 
  • pay the appropriate fee (see table below)

Transfer of registration fees

  • Transfer registration - Class 1 - $375
  • Transfer registration - Class 2 - $255
  • Transfer registration - Class 3 - $158