Generally, you will require a licence if you handle or prepare unpackaged food as part of your business. A licence is required regardless of whether the activity is being undertaken in a fixed location, within a mobile set-up, or a temporary food stall (e.g. barbeque stall, sausage sizzle at an outdoor event or food stalls at markets).
You do not need a licence to sell: pre-packaged food; whole fruit and vegetables; drinks, such as tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol; primary produce (accredited producers); snack and other foods that are not potentially hazardous, e.g. chocolates, confectionary, dried fruit, cereals, uncooked pasta and spreads.
Not-for-profit organisations are an exception to the above, and require a food licence when meals are served (at a table, with cutlery) 12 or more times in a financial year. Such organisations do not need a licence for selling: packaged food, unpackaged food that is not a meal, food that is not potentially hazardous.
Please note that compliance with the Food Act 2006 is required, regardless of whether a food licence is required.
Contact our Licensing and Approvals team on 07 5667 5987 if you need clarification about whether your business needs a licence.
Complete an application for the type of food business licence that you wish to apply for online or download a copy to complete offline and submit at one of our customer service centres.
To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure the following supporting information is included with your application:
Note: Plans are not required if the application relates to an existing licensed food business where there have been no changes to the fit-out, fixtures, fittings or equipment. Plans are also not required to be submitted for temporary food business licence applications.
- Floor plan to scale detailing location, materials and dimensions of all equipment fixtures and fittings.
- Cross-section drawings to scale detailing materials, dimensions and junctions of surfaces/ equipment.
- Site plan detailing location of premises in regard to other premises and facilities.
- Cooking and ventilation equipment details including types, energy type/rating and ventilation systems.
- Food safety training / qualifications (if applicable).
- Food Safety Program (if required). Refer to the Food safety programs page for information regarding which licensable food businesses are required to have an accredited food safety program.
- Notice of written advice by a Queensland Health approved auditor (required if submitting a food safety program).
- Evidence of nil fee eligibility (mobile or temporary food business licence applications only. See application form for details.
Premises/vehicle design will need to comply with the Food safety standard 3.2.3 Food premises and equipment of the Australia New Zealand food standards code. Visit the Queensland Government’s Food Act compliance – Information for businesses page for a list of useful resources, including a downloadable design and fit out guide for fixed or mobile premises.
Temporary food stall design will need to comply with the Australia New Zealand food standards code. Download the Temporary food premises design guide for more information.
Find a link to our Food business application forms below.