You must hold a licence with the NSW Food Authority if your business:
- handles fin fish, crustacean or cephalopod
- processes, packages or stores seafood
- transports seafood, except when it is transported for sale at a retail outlet or from a retail outlet to the consumer.
You can apply and pay for the licence online. To apply for more than one premises, you need to lodge a printed application form with the NSW Food Authority.
What you need
- your personal and contact details
- the ASIC company statement showing name/s of the director/s (if applicable)
- the certificate of registration of your business name issued by Fair Trading NSW or ASIC (if applicable)
- the certificate of incorporation (if applicable)
- your fishing licence and business number
- details of the business activities and location
- your payment.
How to apply
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Complete the online eligibility screen and if your business is eligible, continue to application screens.
- Complete the applicant details, facilities and consents and declaration screens.
- Review charges and proceed to payment options.
- Submit your application.
If you're unable to apply online:
- Download and complete the Application for a licence for a food business – seafood (excluding shellfish cultivation or harvest) – PDF.
- Gather the required documents.
- Submit your application with payment by mail, fax or email, to the details on the form.
- You only pay one licence fee if you apply for more than one premises at the same time.
- Your licence fee is calculated based on the number of food handlers involved in the activity.
- You’ll be notified of processing times within 10 working days.
- You must not start business operations until your application has been processed.
- Businesses licensed with the NSW Food Authority must comply with the Food Act 2003, Food Regulation 2015 and the Food Standards Code.
- A licence can't be transferred.