Sanitation & Health Standards

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


SA Health is currently undertaking a public engagement on their Food Safety Rating Scheme and is seeking feedback from food businesses and their customers. Click here to learn more and have your say.

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.

Click here for information about the next scheduled food safety training (November 2018).

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. 

Inspection fees may be waived for some charitable or sporting organisations.  Those that do apply are listed in our fee schedule.

While there is no qualification required to operate a food business, you are reminded that as food handler you have a legal obligation to have enough food safety skills and knowledge to be able to serve safe and suitable food. Adelaide Hills Council is proud to be offering (in conjunction with TAFE SA) accredited food safety short courses at local venues. For details of dates and locations of these courses please call us on 8408 0400.

Food safety fact sheets:
Cleaning and sanitising of high-risk equipment
Cleaning and sanitising
2 Hour 4 Hour Guide
Egg Safety & the Preparation of Raw Egg Products
Guide to the Labelling of Packaged Food
Handling Raw Chicken
Outdoor Events - Food Safety

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.