Advice for Food Businesses – Takeaway Food Activities

Following recent Federal and State Government directives under COVID-19 containment measures requiring restaurants and cafes to close except for takeaway and home delivery services, the Shire of Dardanup has been receiving enquiries from food premises wanting to start takeaway or home delivery services.

The Shire encourages this approach as a way that businesses can retain staff during this difficult period, and as a way of allowing the hospitality services sector to cope with the needs of community members in isolation or quarantine.

To assist those businesses looking to undertake new activities as a result of these changes, the Shire of Dardanup would like to provide the following information:

Health Approval for Takeaway Food Activities

Food premises do not require any additional Health approval to sell takeaway food that is cooked to order and picked up by the customer.

If you are planning a change to your current approved operation to cook in bulk and keep food hot, cool or freeze food for later sale, or deliver food to customers (including through a delivery service you organise) then please advise the Shire’s Environmental Health Officers by phone (9724 0000) or email: health@dardanup.wa.gov.au

After a Notification of a proposed change in operation is received, the Shire’s Environmental Health Officers will confirm the proposed change with you by email, and advise you of any additional Food Standards Code requirements that you will need to be aware of.

You are welcome to contact Shire of Dardanup Environmental Health Officers on 9724 0000 for advice.

Planning Approval for Takeaway and Delivery Activities, and Associated Signage

The Shire’s Planning Department is aware that Federal and State Government directives arising from the COVID-19 pandemic may result in temporary changes to your food and beverage service operations.

The Planning Department is supportive of temporary changes (for up to three months) to enable existing approved restaurants, wineries, cellar door sales, breweries and lunch bars to operate takeaway or home delivery food and beverage services.

This also includes associated signage within private property that does not reduce driver or pedestrian visibility or otherwise cause a traffic or pedestrian hazard. No Development Approval is required for such signage.

However, businesses seeking to change their business model for a temporary period are requested to email the Shire’s Planning Department at planning@dardanup.wa.gov.au advising of the business changes they are intending on implementing and for what duration the changes are sought.

 

Temporary signs within road reserves

Dardanup Shire Council has also waived the previous requirement for businesses to apply for approval to display temporary signs within its road reserves to assist with promoting new services during this period of virus containment.

Placement of signs however, must not reduce driver or pedestrian visibility or otherwise cause a traffic or pedestrian hazard.

No Development Approval is required to change your business service model from dine-in to takeaway or home delivery. Please note that approvals may be required under other legislation, e.g. liquor licensing.

It is important that businesses stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak from the Government of Western Australia Department of Health:

https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus