Regulation and Compliance

Licensing, approvals, safety and regulation. There is much more to opening and running a business.

We hope this information assists you to navigate some of the planning, development, regulation and compliance issues you may encounter.

Starting or expanding ?

Easy to do Business is a free service for business owners that offers personalised support and step-by-step guides for government licensing, approvals and regulations.

Online Certificates

Cessnock City Council's Online Certificates program removes the potential delays associated applying for certificates via post and email.



Registering your food business

All retail food businesses operating within the Cessnock LGA must register their details with Council. This includes businesses operating at temporary events, mobile food vendors, child care centres, school canteens, cafes, restaurants, takeaways, hotels and home food retail businesses.

Building and Fire Safety

Cessnock City Council implements the guidelines of relevant NSW legislation to ensure buildings are maintained with appropriate fire safety measures. Council’s Fire Safety Officer is available to answer questions in relation to fire safety on (02) 4993 4100.

I'm Alert Food Safety Training

This is a free online food safety training package to assist food businesses in training staff ensuring that food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner.

The program is easy to follow, include an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes.

Food legislation and guidelines

Not sure where to find the current legislation, guidelines or codes of practice for food regulation and safety?

Guidelines and information for food businesses, temporary events, as well as establishment and fitout and construction.

Skin Penetration and Beauty Premises

The types of businesses that Council inspects include:

Regulated premises

Council’s Environmental Health Officers undertake approximately 950 programmed inspections each year of businesses such as beauticians, food businesses, cooling towers and tattoo parlors. These inspections allow for the regulation of business and are also an opportunity to provide advice, educational material and up to date information on best practice techniques to prevent the spread of diseases.

All the building and regulation forms

Linking you to all the relevant building and regulation forms you might need in your business.


Council Building Inspections

Cessnock City Council provides professional Building Certification services and aims to provide efficient and cost effective building approvals, building certification and building inspection services.

Need Approval?

Before formally submitting a Development Application it is recommended that you visit Council’s Customer Service Centre at Council to discuss your proposal with the relevant Duty Officer. Duty planners, duty building surveyors  and general advice can be provided.

Want to alert council or make a complaint?

Cessnock City Council is committed to providing residents and visitors with more accessible and convenient ways to conduct business. The e-Services portal allows customers to connect with Council and make requests online.