Temporary and Mobile Food Business

  • Temporary Food Premises are temporary stalls or tents from which food is sold, such as at a market or festival
  • Mobile Food Premises are vehicles such as vans, trailers or carts from which food is sold


If you operate a food van, food stall, food vending machine or a water transport vehicle you need to register with your principal Council. This applies to businesses, as well community groups and fundraisers.

Once registered, you need to lodge a Statement of Trade with each Council at least five days prior to an event, outlining where and when you intend to operate. No fees apply.

Your principal council is:

  • where your business prepares or stores food to be sold from a van, stall, or vending machine; or
  • the district in which you usually store the equipment for a stall, or garage your food van or water transport vehicle; or
  • if none of the above apply – the district where your business address is located; or
  • if none of the above are in Victoria – the district where your mobile or temporary food business will first operate in Victoria.



Streatrader is an online database for temporary and mobile food operators, which allows you to register electronically with your principal Council.

Once you are registered with your Council, you will then need to apply to be registered on the Streatrader website.

Once we have approved your registration on the Streatrader website, you can trade anywhere in Victoria. Each time before you trade you simply log in to your Streatrader account and complete a Statement of Trade (SOT), which will ask when and where you will be trading from your temporary or mobile food premises. Your SOT will then go to the relevant council to notify them of your activities in the area.

Temporary and Mobile Food Business Resources

The below video provides some useful information about mobile food businesses and how they when operated in a safe manner can really help in the community.

Useful links


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