Health approvals, licenses and permits

The City of Perth is a fantastic place to open a business. With close proximity to offices and transport, it is located in the centre of Western Australia's capital city. But before opening a business, it is important to understand the approvals, licenses and permits required to operate within the City of Perth.

  • Food business

    The City registers and inspects food businesses operating in the city. There are minimum standards by which these premises must operate in relation to food safety and maintenance. If you wish to establish or purchase a food business in the City of Perth, it is recommended that you contact the City for advice prior to entering into contractual arrangements or undertaking any significant works. The construction, operation and maintenance of food businesses are subject to the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

    Food business notification

    Please complete the Food Business Notification form if your business:

    • Serves complementary drinks in conjunction with another business conducted on the premises (eg. hairdresser providing tea and coffee).
    • Only sells shelf stable products that are entirely contained in a closed package (eg. liquor store with no tastings).

    A $45 fee will apply.


    Food business registration

    Please complete the online Food Business Registration form if you have purchased an existing business and will make no change to the premises or operations of the business.

    A $95 fee will apply. An annual service fee will also apply.


    Food business approval

    Please complete the online Food Business Approval form if you are making changes to a kitchen such as changing equipment, cupboards or flooring (does not include changes to walls or ventilation/ roof. You will be required to upload a floor plan showing where food is stored or handled and a materials schedule.

    A $95 registration fee and $150 approval fee will apply. An annual service fee will also apply for new registrations.

    If you are fitting out a new food business, making changes to a kitchen which include changes to walls or ventilation (roof), or making any changes to the outside of the building, please phone the City for advice. You will require a building permit and may require planning approval prior to applying for your Food Business Approval. Once you have submitted your building permit you will be required to complete the online Food Business Approval form.

  • Food trucks in City of Perth

    The City of Perth Mobile Food Trading Policy allows for unique and high quality food vehicles to trade at selected parks and reserves, providing relaxed outdoor dining options to local residents and visitors, and adding to the overall vibrancy of our city.

    Applications are closed and the program is currently under review.

    Find a food truck

    Mobile food operators participating in the program will be able to trade seven days a week between 7am and 3am at any of the locations listed below: 

    • John Oldham Park, Narrows Interchange  
    • JH Abrahams, Nedlands 
    • Langley Park , Perth (two locations). 
  • Temporary food vendors

    Businesses planning to operate a food stall or food truck at an event in the city must:

    • Hold current Food Act registration with the local government in which the business is located.
    • Lodge a special events application form to the City along with the relevant applicable fee.
    • Comply with the City’s stall holder guidelines.

    Annual and one-off vendor licenses are available. Annual Food Vendor Permits are $241.40 for the 2018/19 financial year. A one-off Food Vendor Permit is $144.45 for one event only.

    The City will conduct an inspection of your stall/vehicle prior to the event or on the day of the event.

    For alternative payment and application options, please contact the City of Perth on (08) 9461 3218.

  • Food safety training
    All food handlers and people working with food are required to be competent in terms of food safety skills and knowledge. I'm Alert is a free online interactive food safety training course that covers basic food safety skills and knowledge. It is recommended that all existing and new food business employees complete this online training course prior to undertaking food handling activities.
  • Outdoor dining

    Food businesses wishing to operate an outdoor dining area on public land (eg. footpath) are required to obtain an Outdoor Dining Permit from the City of Perth. Outdoor Dining areas are subject to compliance with the City’s Outdoor Dining Policy and local law.

  • Liquor licensing

    To be able to sell liquor, a liquor licence is required from the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor. An application for liquor licence is to be accompanied by a certificate of local health authority (section 39 certificate) and certificate of local planning authority (section 40 certificate) from the City of Perth. Application fees apply. For more information please contact the City.

Other businesses

  • Public buildings

    The City approves and inspects public buildings operating in the City. Public buildings include licensed premises, function rooms, private educational facilities, large outdoor events and sporting clubrooms. Public buildings have minimum operating standards for hygiene, fire and electrical safety and accommodation capacity. 

    The construction, operation and maintenance of public buildings are subject to the requirements of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911, the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 and the Building Code of Australia. If you have established or purchased a premise in the City of Perth, we advise contacting us before entering contractual arrangements or undertaking any significant works. 

    You can use the Online Health approval form if you:

    • Have purchased an existing business and will operate the business exactly the same way and are making no changes to the building.
    • Operate an existing public building and you want to have your Maximum Accommodation reassessed. 


    If you are fitting out a new public building or are making changes to the premises, such as changes to walls or ventilation (roof) or to the outside of the building, please phone the City for advice. You will require a building permit and may require planning approval prior to applying for your Health Approval. Once you have submitted your building permit you will be required to complete the Online Health Approval.

    You will be required to upload a floor plan showing the proposed changes. The application will time out after 20 minutes so please ensure you have all the information required to lodge your application (consult the Public Building Guidelines for owner’s operators and builders and designers).

    Once you have completed your online health approval application and the fit-out is complete you will be required to book a Health Approval Inspection Request.

  • Lodging houses

    The City licenses and inspects backpacker lodging, hostels, transitional/crisis accommodation and other short stay accommodation operating in the City. There are minimum standards by which these premises must operate in relation to hygiene, fire and electrical safety and the number of people that can be accommodated in the premises.

    If you wish to establish or purchase a lodging house in the City of Perth, it is recommended that you contact the City for advice prior to entering into contractual arrangements or undertaking any significant works. The construction, operation and maintenance of lodging houses are subject to the requirements of the City of Perth Health Local Law.

    You can use the Online Health approval form if you:

    • Have purchased an existing business and will operate the business exactly the same way and are making no changes to the lodging house.
    • Are making changes to a lodging house, such as refurbishing the kitchen and does not include changes to walls or ventilation (roof).
    • Want to have your capacity reassessed without changes.
    • Are fitting out a new lodging house.

    If you are making changes to the premises, such as changes to walls or ventilation (roof) or to the outside of the building, please phone the City for advice. You will require a building permit and may require planning approval prior to applying for your Health Approval. Once you have submitted your building permit you will be required to complete the Online Health Approval.

    Please note you will be required to upload a floor plan showing the proposed changes. Please ensure you have all the information required to lodge your application (consult the Lodging House Guidelines for owner’s operators and builders and designers)

    Once you have completed your online health approval application and the fit-out is complete you will be required to book a Health Approval Inspection Request.

  • Skin penetration

    A skin penetration procedure is a procedure in which the skin or a mucous membrane is cut, punctured, torn or shaved. It includes body art such as tattoos, piercing, scarification or branding, dermal anchors and some beauty therapies such as waxing, shaving, tweezing, acupuncture.

    If you're fitting out a new skin penetration premises or making changes to the premises which include changes to walls or ventilation (roof) and changes to the outside of the building, please phone the City for advice. 

    You will require a building permit and may require planning approval to be submitted before completing the Online Health Approval. The approval form requests you upload the floor plan detailing location of fixtures, such as hand basins and sinks, and material used for shelving and flooring. The application will time out after 20 minutes so please ensure you have all the information required to lodge your application. You can consult the Code of Practice for Skin Penetration Procedures for more information. 

    Once you have completed your online health approval application and the fit-out is complete you will be required to book a Health Approval Inspection Request.

Obstruction permits and requirements

There are a variety of reasons why roads, footpaths or verges may need to be closed or obstructed. Any proposed works affecting the road, verge or the footpath within the City of Perth must have an Obstruction Permit. Failure to do so will result in infringements being issued to responsible parties and a notice to remove the obstruction.

Obstruction Permits are required and issued under the authority of the City of Perth Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law 2017 and the City of Perth Local Government Property Local Law 2005. Obstruction permits can take a minimum of three working days to process.

  • Road, verge or footpath
    Any proposed works which affects the road, verge or the footpath within the City of Perth must have an Obstruction Permit. Failure to do so will result in infringements being issued to responsible parties and a notice to remove the obstruction.
  • On-street parking

    Any works obstructing limiting the public use of on street parking bays will be charged as a part of the permit application. Any use of parking bays that are not for vehicles will need an obstruction permit. If the obstruction permit is for state body works please reference this in the application. Any access into malls will require all vehicle registrations of any vehicles intending to enter the malls.

    Please note that the processing time for parking bays will not commence until all other approvals are complete for all other stakeholders.

  • Transport

    If any part of the proposed works will impact on vehicular movement, the City of Perth Transport Unit may require a Traffic Management Plan (TMP). A TMP is required for any activity on the road reserve and obstructs the passage of vehicle or the movement of any other road user. TMP's are prepared and implemented by accredited personnel and designed in accordance to Main Roads WA Code of Practice and the relevant standards. Please refer to Main Roads WA website for further information.  

    Any works that will be in close proximity to traffic signal or are classed as complex as defined in AS 1742.3 may need a Road Traffic Manager (RTM) approval.

    Processing times vary:

    • Basic Traffic Management Plan as defined in Main Roads WA Codes of Practice and AS 1742.3 – minimum of three full working days.
    • Complex Traffic Management Plan as defined in Main Roads WA Codes of Practice and AS 1742.3 – minimum of three full working days.
    • Complex Traffic Management Plan as defined in Main Roads WA Codes of Practice and AS 1742.3 (within 200m of traffic signals) – minimum of 18 full working days.
  • Noise control
    Any works to be conducted outside normal working hours will require a noise management plan as required by the Environmental Protection (noise) Regulation 1997. For further information visit the Noise control page.
  • Parks
    Any works that will affect any garden beds trees, shrubs and/or flora within the City of Perth are required to submit a marked-up map/plan of work area that provides a damage mitigation strategy for any damage that may be incurred. Processing will take a minimum of two working days.
  • Change of owner

    Please complete the Change of Owner of a Health Premises form if you have purchased an existing business and will make no change to the premises or operations of the business. 

    A $71 transfer fee will apply. 

  • Changes to building

    If you are making changes to a business, such as refurbishing, please complete the Online Health Approval (This does not include changes to walls or ventilation/ roof). You will be required to upload a floor plan showing the proposed changes.

    A $71 transfer fee and $150 approval fee will apply.

  • Changes to capacity

    Please complete the Online Health Approval if you would like to have the capacity of your venue reassessed.

    A $150 approval fee will apply.

    If you are fitting out a new food business, are making changes to the premises which include changes to walls or ventilation (roof), or making any changes to the outside of the building, please phone the City for advice. You will require a building permit and may require planning approval prior to applying for health approval.

    Once you have submitted your building permit you will be required to complete the Online Health Approval.

Mall deliveries

Access to private properties in City Malls must be requested by the owner of the property, or their agent/s. If the owner gives consent for access to their property, an online Mall Access Application Form will need to be completed, and the details registered by the City of Perth Communications Office. Parking on private property will only be approved if the bays are licensed.If the owner refuses access to their property enquiries should be made to the City of Perth Communications Office to make alternative arrangements.

Should you wish to discuss any of the above contact us on (08) 9461 3333 or parkingpermits@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

  • Mall access

    To prevent unauthorised vehicles from entering either the Hay St or Murray Street Malls to ensure public safety particularly during peak pedestrian traffic times.

    All applications require 48 hours (2 working days) to notice.

    An online application form must be completed at least two (2) working days prior to entry date.  The City of Perth will review the application and respond via email with authorisation if the terms and conditions have been met

    Mall Access Times for Vehicles Parking in the Mall

    Vehicles that are required to park in the mall for maintenance, shop-fit etc; can only do so during the followings times:-

     MONDAY - THURSDAY  19:30 - 06:00
     FRIDAY  23:00 - 06:00
     SATURDAY  18:00 - 07:00
     SUNDAY  18:00 - 09: 00
    • Authorisation must be granted prior to entry 
    • An online application can be obtained from the City of Perth website 
    • No more than three (3) vehicles per company are allowed to park in either mall at any given time
    • Deliveries must utilise the loading docks (see below) except those with their own loading docks ie: David Jones, Carillon, Target
    • Companies with private registered parking can access the mall at any time except during non-vehicle movement times


    To access the mall, vehicles must enter via the bollards using the intercom to speak directly with City Watch.  If the vehicle has been registered and approved for entry, City Watch will lower the bollards and allow access. 

    Murray Street

    • Entrance from William St
    • One Way Only
    • Height restriction of 3.8m

    Hay Street

    • Entrance form Barrack St
    • One Way Only

    Private Parking off Mall

    Properties with their own loading docks, private parking or lanes can access the mall at any time except during no vehicle movement times (see below).

    Under no circumstances are vehicles to stop or park in the malls from 0600 to 1930 (2300 on Friday’s).

    Parking on private property will only be approved if the bays are licensed and requests have been approved by the owner/agent.   

    The owner/agent must complete an online application form, once granted the vehicle registration/s will be recorded on the City of Perth database. 

    No Vehicle Movement Times

    There is strictly no vehicular movement through the malls between the following times:

     MONDAY - THURSDAY 02:00-1400  &  17:00 - 18:00 
     FRIDAY 12:00 - 14:00  &  17:00-23:00
     SATURDAY 09:00 - 18:00  & Access to Private Docks & Parking is OK
     SUNDAY 11:00 - 17:00  & Access to Private Docks & Parking is OK

    Application for Mall Access 

    Infringements

    City of Perth Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law 2017

    • Code 1088 2.2(1)(c) Causing an obstruction on a thoroughfare - $250.00 
    • Code 1128 2.21(1)(b) Drive a vehicle on a closed thoroughfare - $350.00

    LOADING DOCKS

    There are two loading docks for deliveries into the malls:


    FORREST PLACE CAR PARK 20 

    • Best for deliveries to Murray Street Mall
    • Access off Wellington Street 
    • West Bound before footbridge
    • 3.6 m height clearance

    ENEX 100 LOADING DOCK

    • Best for deliveries to Hay Street Mall
    • Access off 100 St Georges Tce
    • East bound 
    • 4.2 m height clearance
    • Private Dock – for access phone 9476 7676

    WHERE TO ACCESS TO HAY AND MURRAY STREET MALLS

    Delivery access to Murray Street Mall is to be made from Forrest Place loading dock. Delivery access to Hay Street Mall is to be made from the ENEX100 loading dock.


    Loading Docks - Access Times

     MONDAY - THURSDAY 06:00 - 18:00 
     FRIDAY 06:00 - 21:00
     SATURDAY 07:00 - 17:30
    SUNDAY 11:00 -18:00
     

    Loading Zone - Parking Local Law

    • Code 10036 clause 2.8(1)(a) A person must not stop or park a vehicle in a loading zone unless the vehicle is a commercial vehicle or an authorised vehicle; and
    • Code 10037 clause 2.8(1)(b) a person is continuously engaged in loading or unloading goods to or from that vehicle
    • Code 10038 clause 2.8(2) A person must not stop or park a commercial or authorised vehicle in a loading zone for longer than the time indicated on the loading zone sign, or if no time is indicated on the sign for longer than 30 minutes, unless authorised by an authorised person.

Additional fees

  • Parking fees
    Where parking bays are impacted by works being undertaken, fees are applicable. You will be invoiced separately for these fees once an assessment is made by the City’s Parking Services Unit.  
  • Works bond

    A bond is generally required for road excavations and where permitted, whenever a heavy vehicle or machine is to be driven on or across a footpath or in the malls. If a bond is required, you will be invoiced separately. 

    Additional fees may be applicable for public health approvals and traffic management advice. Where these fees are payable, you will be notified by the Activity Approvals Unit and invoiced separately.

    Obstruction Permits will not be issued until all additional invoices have been paid.

    Required documents 

    DOCUMENT  WHEN REQUIRED
    Diagram of location of works Required for every application.
    Diagram of work site layout Required for every application.
    Works staging plans Only required when works will be scheduled in stages.
    Notification letter for out of hours works

    Only required if works being undertaken outside of the following hours:

    7am-7pm Monday - Saturday (excluding public holidays).

     Noise Management Plan (NMP)

    Only required if works being undertaken outside of the following hours: 

    7am-7pm Monday - Saturday (excluding public holidays).

     Drawing detailing new pits and conduits Where new pits and conduits are being installed.
    Traffic Management Plan Required when the activity that obstructs the passage of vehicles (full road closures or partial road closures) Traffic Management Plan, in accordance with the Code of Practice, including traffic and pedestrian movement and control. Please refer to Main Roads WA for information on Traffic Management Plans.
     Notification letter for road closures and diagram showing the proposed distribution area  Required when a road will be closed.
     Certificate of Currency – Public liability insurance, minimum indemnity of $10m  Only required for commercial works. 

    To apply

    The permit holder is responsible for ensuring compliance with the conditions as outlined in the Obstruction Permit. If you are applying on behalf of another company, and are not able or willing to ensure compliance, please have the appropriate company complete the application form. Non-compliance with permit conditions can result in infringements and/ or work being halted.

    Please ensure you have read the information of processing times prior to submitting your application. 

    First time user

    If you are a first time user, register online.

    Registered users

    If you are a registered user, please sign in and then submit an Obstruction Permit online. 

Environmental Health FAQ

  • What is food business registration?

    Food businesses whether operating from a fixed location (e.g. café, restaurant) or a temporary location (e.g. food stall or food truck) need to be registered with the local government in which they are based. For temporary or mobile food premises this means the local government in which the food truck or stall is garaged/stored. To be eligible for registration you must meet the requirements of the local government in which you are located.

    Charities may be exempt from food business registration requirements as well as operating fees. Please contact the City for further information.

  • I want to operate a food stall or food truck at an event in the City of Perth. Do I need approval?

    Yes. You will need to complete a temporary food vendor application form. Along with your completed application form you will need to submit -

    • Copy of your Food Act registration certificate (Not your ASIC business name certificate);
    • Copy of your public liability insurance policy certificate of currency;
    • Application fee (fee and payment options are specified on the application form); and
    • Any other information specified in the form.

    Provided your application and supporting documentation is satisfactory, a permit will be issued on or before the date of the event following an inspection of your stall/truck by an officer of the City.

  • I want to buy a food business in the City. Is there anything I need to know?

    The following City of Perth fees apply to fixed location food businesses in the City of Perth -

    • Registration fee (once off) $95.45
    • Annual Surveillance fees charged quarterly pro rata $265-$509 (depending on risk classification)
    • Pre-settlement inspection fee $51

    Firstly the City recommends you engage a competent settlement agent at the outset of business negotiations to ensure a smooth as possible business handover. If you purchase a food business you will need to obtain a new food business registration rather than simply transferring the existing registration over. As annual surveillance (inspection) fees apply to the operation of food businesses in the City, you should factor in start-up fees in the range of $75-$250. Please note that surveillance fees are charged pro rata on a quarterly basis.

    In addition to a standard 'settlement report', a food business purchaser (and sellers for that matter) have the option of requesting a ‘pre-settlement’ desktop audit of a food business (fees apply). This is an effective way to either demonstrate compliance to prospective buyers or remedy existing issues prior to handover. If you are considering structural or layout changes to a newly purchased food business, it is recommended that you contact the City for advice prior to commencing work.

  • Can I sell baked goods or jams that I've made at home?

    Any person wishing to prepare food for sale in a residential setting must first obtain approval from the City. Although applications are assessed on a case by case basis, the City generally only permits the preparation of plain biscuits, plain cakes and normal sugar content jams and preserves. High risk or potentially hazardous foods are not suitable for home preparation if intended for sale. The City may require applicants to undergo food safety training and / or comply with other conditions prior to approval.

  • Can I keep poultry in the City?
    Can I keep poultry in the City?

    The City's Health Local Laws require persons wishing to keep poultry (as well as pigeons or doves) to first gain written approval from the City. Applications to keep poultry are to be made in writing and are to include a plan illustrating the size of the proposed enclosure, and the number of poultry proposed to be kept. Applications are required to be determined by Council. Please note that roosters are not permitted to be kept due to noise considerations.

    Applications will not be approved unless the following minimum requirements can be clearly demonstrated:

    1. adequate land area ensures that no poultry is able to approach within 15 metres of a dwelling house, public building or premises where people are employed or where food is stored, prepared, manufactured or sold;
    2. no poultry is able to approach within 18 metres of a street other than a right of way.
    3. all poultry must be kept in a properly constructed and securely fastened structure or enclosure; and
    4. the structure or enclosure is in a yard having an otherwise unobstructed area of at least 30 square metres
  • Can I keep bees in the City?

    Bee keeping is permitted in the City of Perth in accordance with the following requirements –

    • A maximum of 2 hives may be kept on residential lots;
    • More than 2 hives may be kept on 'non-residential' lots with written consent from the City;
    • A permanent and adequate supply of water is to be provided within 10m of the hives on the lot;
    • Hives are to be enclosed on all sides by a fence, wall or other enclosure;
    • Bees/hives are not to cause a nuisance to nearby properties.

    Bee keepers are required to register with the Department of Agriculture WA. More information on registering can be found on the Department's website. Bees swarms occasionally establish themselves in domestic settings such as letterboxes, eaves, sheds etc. An up to date list of swarm collectors registered with the WA apiarist's society is available on their website.

  • Can construction work be carried out in the City of Perth outside of 'normal' working hours?

    Noise from construction work is generally considered acceptable between the hours of 7am – 7pm Monday to Saturday. Under certain circumstances, construction work may have to be carried out outside of 'normal' hours due to site specific issues, traffic considerations etc. In assessing applications for out of hours construction work, the City considers factors such as - proximity of noise sensitive premises to the construction site; proposed duration of works; predicted onsite noise levels and the reason for out of hours works. Where the City approves out of hours construction work, it generally requires a noise management plan setting out noise control and monitoring measures as well as notification of noise sensitive premises near the construction site prior to works.

  • Can you give a brief summary of smoking laws in the City?

    Smoking is not permitted in the following public places in the City of Perth -

    • enclosed public places*;
    • outdoor eating areas;
    • Hay Street and Murray Street pedestrian malls;
    • Forest place;
    • within 10m of playground equipment;
    • any other place designated as 'no smoking'.

    * A public place is an enclosed public place if it has a ceiling or roof and is greater than 50 per cent enclosed by walls, or other vertical structures or coverings.

    Owners/proprietors of food/beverage premises or otherwise publicly accessible venues are liable for smoking that occurs on their premises (i.e. are subject to the same penalties as the smoker) and must take reasonable steps to prevent smoke from entering their premises from outside. Liquor licensed premises (other than those covered by a 'restaurant' licence) may set aside a 'smoking zone' within an outdoor eating area provided certain conditions are met.

    For comprehensive information relating to smoking legislation in WA as well as access to no smoking signage and educational materials, visit http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/S_T/Smoking-in-enclosed-public-places.

  • Why does my event need a public building approval

    The definition of 'public building' under the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 includes 'places' as well as buildings. An outdoor concert for example is considered a 'public building' under the Act despite not being held inside a building per se.

    Public buildings including events are required to undergo a special approvals process under the Act and associated Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992. The City typically requires a suite of documentation to accompany applications for events including comprehensive risk and emergency management plans.

    As part of the approval process, the City imposes a variety of conditions on events to ensure the safety and health of event patrons is prioritised and the impact of the event on surrounding areas is minimised. For some events, the City may impose a 'cap' on the number of persons allowed inside the event in the interests of patron comfort and safety.