Purchasing an Existing Business

Purchasing an existing business can be a confusing process. Below we have provided you with information that will explain our processes and help guide you in the right direction. Click on the business category relevant to you to obtain more information. 

Food Premises

  • All food businesses must comply with the Food Act 1984.
  • A food business is any business involved in the sale, storage and preparation of food or beverages.
  • Your food business registration is applicable from 1 October to 30 September, the following year.
  • Should you intend to purchase an existing business, you must ensure that it is currently registered with Council.
  • Purchasing an existing food business requires you to transfer the food registration.
  • Follow the transfer application process to transfer the business registration into your/ your company name.

Training & Record keeping

Ensure you have the following training and record keeping forms before you purchase a food business.

  • Class 4: No records are required
  • Class 3: Require minimum food safety records to be completed
  • Class 1 & 2: Require Food Safety Program & Food Safety Supervisor(PDF, 367KB)
  • Food Safety Template can be purchased from Council or downloaded from health.vic

 

Hair, Beauty and Skin Penetration Industries

  • All hair, beauty and skin penetration businesses must comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
  • Your Public Health and Wellbeing registration is applicable from 1 January to 31 December, even if you transfer later in the year.
  • The business you wish to purchase must currently be registered with Council.
  • Purchasing an existing hair, beauty or skin penetration business requires you to transfer the public health and wellbeing registration.
  • Activities that require transfer of registration include:

Hairdressing/ Barber

Beauty Therapy

Colonic Irrigation

Manicure/Pedicure

Waxing/Threading

Dry Needling

Electrolysis/Laser Treatment

Tattooing

Cosmetic Tattooing

Body & Ear piercing

Make-up artists

  • Hairdressers, barbers and make-up artists obtain ongoing or "once off" registration. This means annual renewal of registration is not required unless activities change or the business has transferred.
  • Follow the transfer application process to transfer the business registration into your/ your company name.

 

Prescribed Accommodation Premises 

You need to transfer your business registration with Council and comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, if it is a;

  • motel or hotel
  • bed and breakfast
  • hostel
  • boarding or rooming house
  • holiday camp
  • student dormitory

and, where there are 4 or more fee paying occupants in the case of a rooming/boarding house and 6 or more in the other classes of accommodation.  

  • Your Public Health and Wellbeing registration is applicable from 1 January to 31 December, even if you transfer later in the year.
  • The prescribed accommodation business you wish to purchase must currently be registered with Council.
  • Purchasing an existing prescribed accommodation requires you to transfer the public health and wellbeing registration.
  • Follow the transfer application process to transfer the business registration into your/ your company name.

 

Transfer Application Process

Step 1: Request for Inspection and Information 

  • A request for current information and inspection relating to the business you wish to purchase is recommended. 
  • A fee will apply to complete this process. The fee will depend on the type of business you are transferring. Payment can be made when completing the online form.
Food Act $452
Tattooing & Piercings   $452
Accommodation   $452
Hair & Beauty Therapies          $158

 

  • You may apply by completing the forms below.

1) Please print and complete the consent form. This form must be signed by the current owner so we can release the information to you the intended purchaser.

2) Complete the online Request for Inspection and Information form. Ensure you have the consent form signed and scanned ready to upload, and your credit card ready for payment.

Step 2: Transfer Application Form

  • To apply for transfer of registration the business you wish to purchase must currently be registered with Council.
  • The application for transfer of registration must be completed and signed by the current and proposed proprietor.
  • Please download the relevant transfer application form for the type of business you wish to purchase.
  • Please allow a minimum of 10 working days to process the application.

Food Act - Class 1 & 2(PDF, 232KB)

Food Act - Class 3(PDF, 159KB)

Public Health & Wellbeing Act -(PDF, 72KB) Hair, Beauty and Skin Penetration

Public Health & Wellbeing Act - Prescribed Accommodation

Step 3: Council Processing

  •  Details form the transfer application form will be entered into our registration database.
  • An officer may contact you if further information is required.

Step 4: Fees determined and Invoice Produced

  • Transfer application fee is half the registration fee the current proprietor paid. Their registration fee would have been determined by the classification or business activities conducted.
  • Once the transfer application has been processed an invoice will be generated and mailed out to you.

Step 5: Inspection

  • Once the transfer registration fee has been paid an officer will be in contact with you to arrange an appointment for inspection. Please allow a minimum of 10 working days for inspection to be arranged.
  • An inspection report will be provided to you that may outline any compliance issues.

Step 6: Registration

  • Once your premises complies with inspection it will be registered with Council.
  • A transfer registration certificate will be mailed to you.
  • One month after registration another inspection will be conducted. 

 

Contact details

Should you require any advise on purchasing an existing business, please contact Council's Public Health Unit.

In person:   Hobsons Bay City Council
  115 Civic Pde
   Altona VIC 3018
Phone: 9932 1000
Email:  publichealth@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

 

 

  • all food businesses must comply with the Food Act 1984
  • a food business is any business involved in the sale, storage and preparation of food or beverages
  • your food business registration is applicable from 1 October to 30 September, the following year
  • should you intend to purchase an existing business, you must ensure that it is currently registered with Council
  • purchasing an existing food business requires you to transfer the food registration
  • follow the transfer application process to transfer the business registration into your / your company name
  • as a general recommendation all new proprietors should complete all their due diligence before signing a lease

Training and record keeping

Ensure you have the following training and record keeping forms before you purchase a food business.

  • Class 4: No records are required
  • Class 3: Require minimum food safety records to be completed
  • Class 1 & 2: Require Food Safety Program & Food Safety Supervisor(PDF, 367KB)
  • Food Safety Template can be purchased from Council or downloaded from www.health.vic
  • all hair, beauty and skin penetration businesses (including home businesses) must comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
  • your Public Health and Wellbeing registration is applicable from 1 January to 31 December
  • the business you wish to purchase must currently be registered with Council
  • purchasing an existing hair, beauty or skin penetration business requires you to transfer the public health and wellbeing registration
  • activities that require transfer of registration include:
    • body and ear piercing
    • manicure/pedicure
    • electrolysis/laser treatment
    • beauty therapy
    • waxing/threading
    • tattooing
    • colonic irrigation
    • dry needling
    • cosmetic tattooing
  • follow the transfer application process to transfer the business registration into your name / your company name
  • hairdressers, barbers and make-up artists obtain ongoing or 'once off' registration. This means annual renewal of registration is not required. If the business has sold the new proprietor will need to follow 'Starting a New Business' application process, however they may also submit a Request for Inspection and Information (refer to step 1 of the Transfer application process)

You need comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, if it is a:

  • motel or hotel
  • bed and breakfast
  • hostel
  • boarding or rooming house
  • holiday camp
  • student dormitory

and, where there are four or more fee paying occupants.

  • your Public Health and Wellbeing registration is applicable from 1 January to 31 December
  • purchasing an existing prescribed accommodation requires you to complete a new business application
  • refer to Starting a Business and follow the  application process to register the business into your/ your company name

Step 1: Request for inspection and information 

  • a request for current information and inspection relating to the business you wish to purchase is recommended
  • a fee will apply to complete this process. The fee will depend on the type of business being transferred
Food Act $475
Tattooing & Piercings $475
Accommodation $475
Hair & Beauty Therapies    $166

 

Step 2: Transfer application form

  • to apply for transfer of registration, the business you wish to purchase must currently be registered with Council
  • the application for transfer of registration must be completed and signed by the current and proposed proprietor. If the current proprietor is not available to sign this form please contact us for advise.
  • please allow a minimum of 10 working days to process the application
  • accommodation premises are advised to complete a new application form. Refer to Starting a New Business

 Click here to submit Transfer Application Form

 

Step 3: Council processing

  • details from the transfer application form will be entered into our registration database
  • an officer may contact you if further information is required

 

Step 4: Fees determined and invoice produced

  • transfer application fee is half the registration fee. The current proprietor's registration fee would have been determined by the classification or business activities conducted
  • once the transfer application has been processed an invoice will be generated and mailed out to you

 

Step 5: Inspection

  • once the transfer registration fee has been paid an officer will be in contact with you to arrange an appointment for inspection
  • please allow a minimum of 10 working days for inspection to be arranged
  • an inspection report will be provided to you that may outline any compliance issues

 

Step 6: Registration

  • once your premises complies with the inspection it will be registered with Council
  • a transfer of registration certificate will be mailed to you
  • one month after registration another inspection will be conducted to provide further guidance if necessary