It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct permits. We recommend that you contact your local council's Health Services department to confirm your requirements as you may incur heavy fines for failure to comply with the Food Act.
If you are considering using our kitchen please:
- Contact us to confirm availability for your required schedule.
- Arrange an inspection to ensure our facility meets your requirement.
- Complete an online application rental form including reading and agreeing to the latest rental policy.
To use our facility, you need to apply for a temporary or fixed premise food registration. Private use such as food testing or recipe building are generally not required to apply. It is best to contact your local council health services officer to determine if you need to register or not.
Temporary registrations (Streatrader)
All temporary registrations are administered by council through the Streatrader web portal - streatrader.health.vic.gov.au. Registration allows businesses to use approved premises on an irregular or once off basis for example, market stalls at an event space. This also mean that you must bring everything to the premise and take it all away with you.
If you already have your own Streatrader registration, then log in and lodge a statement of trade for the dates you want to use the kitchen. Council will then confirm with us the dates before approving the statement of trade. A paid deposit and rent will need to be completed for us to do so.
It is possible for you to apply for a new registration using Cooking Space as your principal premise, however we will only accept registrations for once-off or irregular bookings. You will need to provide dates for us to confirm with Council when you are coming in and what dates your registration is approved for. Applications that cite a period i.e. for a 3 month period will not be approved. You will also not be allowed to store food or equipment on site as per Council regulations for a temporary registration.
Fixed Premise registrations
If you do not meet the temporary registration criteria then you can apply for a fixed premise registration with Council. A fixed premise registration has a minimum registration period of 12 months and will attract minimum monthly rental conditions applicable up until the date you abolish your registration.
Please contact the City of Melbourne Health Services department for the forms required to apply for a fixed premise registration. To complete your application, you will need to meet with our Health Officer at Cooking Space. For us to give permission to do so, we must have received a completed rental application form and the security deposit. The minimum monthly rental starts on the date of your registration approval.
If for some reason your application is rejected, your deposit and any rental paid will be refunded as long as evidence can be provided that your application was rejected.
I would like to thank Eric for the support and assistance during our business adventure. I will definitely recommend Cooking Space as a jumping platform for all our pastry-chefs friends. Flexible and very valid starting point for any business idea in the cooking industry.
Thank you so so much for letting us use your cooking space! In the end the festival was a great success. Saturday was a little slow due to the weather but Sunday was no stop a go go ! We sold all of our food and everyone loved it. The kitchen was excellent and a fantastic help. I'm not sure how we would have managed without it.
...thank you for your support and generosity over the last months, you and Darwin have helped to make this part of our project possible and a productive experience
"Thanks again for being so accomodating of us on the weekend - and especially our 6.30am request to pick up stuff from cold storage! The event was a great success and a perfect way to launch our project! We will definitely be using The Cooking Space again..."
Thanks for that. The kitchen was perfect for us and we really enjoyed using it – very convenient, and no problems at all.
The kitchen facilities are really great we loved working there and would definitely use again or recommend you. The food presentations went really well so hopefully we'll be back down there again! Thanks again eric, your service was excellent