The Food Act 2006 (the Act) requires certain food businesses to be licensed by their local government in Queensland.
Low-risk food businesses and many non-profit organisations are exempt from holding a licence, but are still required to comply with the Act to ensure food they sell is safe and suitable.
Local governments are responsible for licensing food businesses and you should contact your local government to discuss if you need a licence. Local governments assess the suitability of the premises, the applicant’s previous compliance with food legislation and the applicant’s skills and knowledge in providing safe food, when deciding if a licence should be issued.
Refer to the guideline 'Local Government assessment of applications for a licence under the Food Act 2006' to determine whether you are required to have a licence for your food business.
The licensee will be required to hold a licence for each premises they operate from. Food businesses operating from fixed or temporary premises must display the licence or a copy of the licence in a prominent place so it can be viewed by the public.
Food businesses operating from mobile premises require a licence from only one of the local governments they operate in. The mobile premises must display specified details of the licence in a prominent position on the premises so the details are easily visible to persons at the premises.
The term of a licence may vary from a single day up to three years, at the discretion of the local government.
Licences are issued by the local government for the area in which the food business intends to operate. Contact details for local governments can be found in the White Pages.