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Setting up your home-based food business

Setting up your home-based food business
Published 16 March 2022
So you’ve decided that you would like to turn your cooking or baking skills into a business run from the comfort of your own home.

Before you start trading, there are a few things that you need to be aware of when setting up your home-based food business. You need to understand that you have defined responsibilities under the legislation to ensure that you make and sell safe food.

All food businesses, including those that are home-based, must comply with Food Safety Standards.

What does this mean for you?

You are required to notify Council of your food business

It is a requirement that all food businesses handling or selling food must complete the appropriate notification forms prior to starting a business.

The easiest way to notify the Council of your home-based food business is to fill out an online notification form. This form can be found here.

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A tray of freshly baked biscuits.

Want more information about setting up a home-based food business?

The City of Playford’s home-based food business guidelines can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding setting up your home-based food business, please contact the Environmental Health Team at the City of Playford call (08) 8256 0333 or email

Helpful resources for small businesses in the City of Playford

DoFoodSafely- Free online learning program
SA Health in partnership with Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services and the Queensland Government offer a free online food safety learning program DoFoodSafely. This training program is available in multiple languages and is designed to educate food handlers and business owners on how to safely handle food safely, in line with current legislative requirements.

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