Food Business Licensing

Providing safe food to your customers is not only good for your food business's reputation but it is also required by law. Queensland legislation exists to ensure food businesses sell food that is safe and suitable to consume. The legislation requires most food businesses to be licensed by Council, who will monitor the standard of your businesses against the Food Act 2006 and Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.

To find out more about the licensing requirements or starting and operating a food business, refer to the relevant icon for more specific information.

  1. Renewal of Licence
Food Business Licenses expire on 30 June every year and must be renewed. An Application for Renewal of Food Business Licence will be issued to licensees at least 60 days prior to expiry of the licence. The renewal application must be fully completed and returned to Council with the annual fee by 30 June.

If the Food Business Licence is not renewed by 30 June the licence will expire. If the food business continues to operate, the Food Business Licence may be restored by 31 July. An Application for Restoration of Food Business Licence will be issued to licensees. The restoration application must be fully completed and returned to Council with the relevant fee by 31 July.

If the restoration application is not received by 31 July and the food business continues to operate, the business owner will be required to submit a new Application for Food Business Licence to Council with the relevant fee. A letter will be issued to business owner requesting a new application.