It is a requirement that all food businesses in Queensland comply with therequirements of the Food Act 2006, including the Food Safety Standards, as well as other applicable Local Laws which are relevant such as footpath dining.
The purpose of the Food Act 2006 is to ensure food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption. Food businesses are required to be licensed to operate by Council, and Council is responsible for monitoring the standard of operations in food premises. Council’s Environmental Health Officers conduct routine inspections of food premises and respond to reports of poor food handling, to monitor compliance with the Food Act 2006 and to help ensure only safe and suitable food is being sold. Officers are also available for advice and assistance in food safety matters.
Starting a Food Business
If you are starting a new food business or taking over an existing food business, you may need to apply for a food business licence. To assist in understanding the application and assessment process, the following fact sheets provide an overview:
If you would like to undertake food preparation in your home kitchen, please look at Council's Guidelines for the Use of Domestic Kitchens for Commercial Food Preparation (PDF 489.7KB) for further information on the regulations and what food preparation is allowed.
Council’s food business licence fees are a tiered system, depending on the risk level of the activity undertaken. This is explained further, and the applicable fees are provided, in Council’s Fees and Charges
Applying for a Food Business Licence
Select one of the following application forms depending on what kind of licence you are applying for, and submit back to Council at least 30 days prior to your intended start date to allow Council officers adequate time to make an assessment.
Please ensure you read and complete the form in full, and provide additional information where required. This information is necessary in order for us to assess your application against the requirements of the Food Act 2006 and Food Safety Standards, and make a decision. If your application does not meet these requirements, assessment of your application may be delayed until the information is provided, or your application could be refused.