Food and Drink Business

Council provides public health related services and functions for the community. Council carries out inspections to ensure local restaurants and other food businesses are adhering to food safety standards.

Food Safety

During the current COVID-19 pandemic the City of Newcastle has developed a brief checklist and the following information to assist your food business.

Food Inspections

Council conducts unannounced inspections of food premises across Newcastle to make sure that premises are clean, that food handlers have appropriate skills and that food is safely prepared and stored.

Food Safety Supervisor

New food laws introduced in NSW require certain food businesses in the hospitality and retail food service sector to appoint at least one trained Food Safety Supervisor (FSS).

Foothpath Cleaning

You only have one chance to make a first impression. The appearance of external areas of your business premise can influence the first impression of customers.

Outdoor Dining

Can I bring my pet into an outdoor dining area and what recent changes to the law regarding smoking in outdoor trading areas? Learn more here.

Scores on Doors

Council invites you to participate in the NSW food hygiene scoring program that reassures customers about hygiene and food safety standards.

New Food Business

Upgrading or renovations of an existing food business may require a development application.

Mobile Food Vending Vehicles

Interested in setting up or placing your own food truck or van in Newcastle? Learn about what are the requirements and register with Council for Mobile food vending in one of the specified areas in the Newcastle LGA.

Food Selling at Markets and Events

A temporary event is any occasion which is not permanent in nature, where food is sold. or offered for sale to consumers.

Charity, Community Events and BBQ's

Not-for-profit operations are not excluded from the requirement of the Food Safety. Standards and provisions of the NSW Food Act 2003.