Sanitation & Health Standards

Food safety
Running a food business - what you need to know
Hairdressers, body art, and piercings


Within our council area we have approximately 500 food businesses, which our Environmental Health officers are constantly monitoring to ensure that our community remains food-safe.

Remember that it is not only food that you "eat out" that can make you ill, preventing food poisoning at home is as simple as following basic food safety rules when preparing and storing food.

If you think you might have food poisoning it is important to consult your doctor who may order tests to confirm this.

Food safety training is available online any time with DoFoodSafely, a program that is supported by SA Health and free to use.

For the purposes of the Food Act (SA) 2001, a food business is any operation which sells or serves food to the public.  As well as cafes, retailers and hotels, this includes Bed & Breakfast facilities, service stations, school canteens, kiosks, sporting clubs, some wineries, function centres and manufacturers (including home-based businesses).

All food businesses in South Australia must notify their local council of their operation (click here to download a Food Business Notification Form).  For once only operators, a Temporary Notification form is adequate. Should any of your business details change please submit a Food Business Notification Update Form.

Our Environmental Health Officers conduct regular inspections of all food businesses in our council area.  Frequency is determined by the assessed food safety risks and compliance with the Food Standards Code. These inspections play an important role in maintaining the generally high standard of food safety which prevails in our council area.  Our officers are keen to work proactively with proprietors when areas needing improvement are identified. For advice on compliance issues please call us on 8408 0400.  Our Environmental Health team is always happy to answer your questions. 

Click here for a list of food safety fees. Inspection fees may be waived for some charitable or sporting organisations.

Food safety fact sheets:
Cleaning and sanitising of high-risk equipment
Cleaning and sanitising
2 Hour 24 Hour Guide
Egg Safety & the Preparation of Raw Egg Products
Guide to the Labelling of Packaged Food
Handling Raw Chicken
Outdoor Events - Food Safety
Prohibited food waste for pig swill - information for food outlets

For further food safety information, visit SA Health's Food Safety and Nutrition Branch.                                                                         


Hairdressing guidelines exist that provide hairdressers with and understanding of the health implications of the procedures that they undertake to ensure they protect their customers. Many hairdressing facilities offer skin penetration procedures.

The practice of skin penetration has existed in many societies for hundreds of years.  Skin penetration involves the process of the piercing, cutting, puncturing, and/or tearing of the skin or mucous membrane.  Body piercing, tattooing, waxing nail manicures and pedicures are examples.

Skin penetration is an invasive procedure with potential health risks. If correct precautions are not taken, blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and a range of bacterial infections can be transmitted to operators or clients through contaminated equipment or unhygienic premises and procedures.

Environmental Health Officers from the council assess skin penetration premises to ensure compliance with the legislation that such are operated safely and hygienically.

For further information, visit the Department of Health website.

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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