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Temporary Food Premises

Temporary Food Premises are temporary food stalls or mobile food vehicles used for the sale of food at a temporary event or on private or public land for a limited period of time. 

Approval and Permits

Before operating a temporary food stall or mobile food vehicle in the Georges River Council area, appropriate approval and permit must be obtained. They include:
Section 68 Approvals Section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993, requires any person who wishes to trade on public land such as parks, footpaths, and roads to obtain approval from their local Council. A copy of the Section 68 application form can be obtained online or through the Council's Customer Service Centre.
Food Permits Prior to trading in Georges River Council, a temporary food business operator must obtain a permit to sell food.  However, if your food business is deemed low risk by Council, a permit is not required but notification is mandatory.

Applications for a Temporary Food Premises Permit must be submitted at least 28 days prior to trading. Successful applicants will be provided with a food permit to sell food. Recently Georges River Council has changed these so that permits are now permanent and issued with a lifetime registration. This means that there is no need for you to renew your registration unless the operation of your business changes significantly. Significant changes would include, but are not limited to:
  • a change of business owner;
  • a change of business address;
  • a change of vehicle or vehicle registration (for Mobile food vans only); or,
  • a change in the type of food sold, such as changing from low risk to high-risk food.
Current and cancelled Temporary Food Permits can be viewed online. If you do not wish to have your contact number and e-mail address listed on the website, please write to Council via
If you intend to trade at an event held on public land run by Council or by an event organiser, then Section 68 approval is not required subject to the event organiser approving your attendance. However, a food permit is still required at that event.  Applications for temporary food permits are assessed to ensure the operation of the temporary food premises complies with:
  All high risk retail food businesses are required to have at least one Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) appointed, and this also applies to Temporary Food Premises. The FSS certificate must be available at the premises at all times. The NSW Food Authority provides further information on FSS and FSS certificates.

Food Permit Assessment 

Assessment of your application may take up to 28 days to process.  During the assessment, Environmental Health Officers will carry out a desk top assessment of the details provided in the application to ensure compliance with legislation.  

During assessment, if insufficient information is provided, Officers will contact the applicant to obtain further information. This often delays the outcome of the assessment and exceeds the 28 days process.

Successful applicants will receive a copy of their Food Permit allowing them to sell food within the Georges River Council area. A set of conditions will accompany the Food Permit.  Temporary food premises operators must ensure that the conditions are complied with.  

In addition, successful applicants will be listed in Council’s approved temporary food premises page.  

Fees and charges apply when submitting a Temporary Food Premises Permit Application. 

Inspection of Temporary Food Premises 

Council’s Environmental Health Officer are authorised under the Food Act 2003 to conduct unannounced food premises inspection.  This includes inspection of temporary food premises that are trading within the Georges River Council area.

Event Organisers

Events held on public land require prior approval from Council’s Events Section.  

Event organisers need to ensure that all temporary food premises attending their event holds a Food Permit issued by Georges River Council.

Events where there is a presence of temporary food premises are subject to inspections. Fees and charges apply.

For more information regarding this, please contact Council’s Environmental Health Officer on 02 9330 6400.

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