The Prohibited Burning Period for the Shire has been extended further and will now apply until midnight, Tuesday 14 May 2024. No fires can be lit in the open air. More information here.

Important note: The Shire will only allow the preparation of 'low risk' activities from kitchens in private residences. 

What are low risk foods?

Low risk foods are generally those that do not require refrigeration after manufacture.  The Shire will not permit the manufacture of fermented foods or drinks from a residential kitchen.  

Low risk activities includes the production of:

  • Jams, marmalades
  • Flour based products such as biscuits, shortbread, scones, buns, muffins and cakes which do not contain potentially hazardous foods such as cream
  • Nougats, fudges, meringues, Turkish delights
  • Repackaging spices and spice mixes including dry curry powders if ingredients are purchased from an approved food business
  • Pickled onions
  • Herb vinegars with a pH of less than 4.5
  • Chutneys, relishes and sauces that are heat treated by boiling or cooking
  • Food activities such as cake decorating, repacking of bulk packaged low risk confectionery products.

Note: Low risk activities may become high risk if food recipes require food additives to be used.

Further information can be found on the WA Department of Health website

Approvals required

Your home based food business will require approval from the Shire's Environmental Health Team. You may also require Planning Approval. 

To find out more, please phone (08) 9780 5255 and ask to speak to a Planning Officer.

Food business registration 

The registration requirements for a home-based food business are the same as for any food business.

Find out how to register a food business.

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