Food Premises Design & Construction Requirements

All food shops in the Hawkesbury are to be constructed and fitted out in such a way that they can be easily and effectively cleaned and maintained, possible harbourage of vermin minimised and standards of hygiene and food handling maintained at the highest possible level.

Plans must be submitted to Council in respect of any alterations or refitting of food shops, and the building application approved prior to the commencement of any works. Please note, planning consent may also be required particularly for larger works or work within a heritage building. Councils planners can be contacted between 8.30am and 10.30am on (02) 4560 4444.

Australian Standard AS4674-2004 "Design, construction and fit-out of food premises" provide specific detail on the materials and techniques recommended to enable compliance with the food safety standards.

A read-only copy of the Hawkesbury Council Food Premises Fit Out Code can be viewed here or a hard copy can be purchased at Council's enquiries counter.

Copies of Food Safety Standard 3.2.3 may be viewed or downloaded at

Copies of Australian Standard 4674-2004 can be obtained from Standards Australia by contacting their Customer Service Centre on 1300 65 46 46 or via their web site on

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