3 April: Changes announced for food trucks and dark kitchens

09 Apr 2020

The NSW Government has issued new orders to support the food and beverage industry, which has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development – Takeaway Food and Beverages) Order 2020 can be viewed in our 'Fact Sheets' section on this page.

Under the changes, food trucks will be now be able to operate on any land, at any time, providing they have the landowner’s consent. This overrides regular development approval processes for food trucks that specify when and where they can operate.

In addition, it is now easier for people to set up and operate a dark kitchen in any existing commercial kitchen, providing they can abide by social distancing rules. These businesses could offer additional food delivery options for the increasing number of people working from home, or they could be used to produce greater quantities of meals for people in quarantine, or in medical, health or aged care facilities.

Please read the Ministerial Order in our 'Fact Sheets' section and if you have questions, please call us on 1300 87 83 87.

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