Starting a Food Business

Stage 1 – Prepare the Fit-Out Application
Stage 2 – Food Business Licence
Stage 3 – Final Inspection
Other Checks Required

Food Licensing Requirements 

If you are planning on opening a café, restaurant, food manufacturer or similar you will need a food business licence. Obtaining a food business licence is staged assessment process.

Stage 1 – Prepare the Fit-Out Application

Complete the Fit-Out Application form EHF1. When constructing a new food premises, you must ensure that the design meets the requirements of the Food Safety Standards. Food safety begins at the earliest planning stages which is why it is important to get it right from the start.

Council will assess your kitchen fit-out design and provide you with advice on any additional requirements to ensure the fit- out complies with the food safety standards. Council will provide an approval with conditions which must be met prior to finalising the fit-out of your premises.

Stage 2 – Food Business Licence

Complete the Food Licence Application form EHF2. Once you obtain your approval for Fit-Out of a premises, if you have not already done so, you must apply for a food business licence and nominate a Food Safety Supervisor with the appropriate qualifications (see information on Food Safety Supervisors).

A final inspection will be carried out by an Environmental Health Officer will advise of any outstanding requirements that need to be attended to prior to opening.

Stage 3 – Final Inspection

Council will organise a time with you to undertake a food safety inspection to determine the suitability of the premises.

If council determines that your application complies with the ​Food Act 2006​, you will be issued a food business licence certificate which will need to be displayed when you are operating.

Other checks required

Before submitting a food licence application you should check if other approvals are required:

Planning approval – contact Planning Department 07 4099 9444 or

Building approval – contact a private certifier

Plumbing approval – contact Plumbing Department 07 4099 9444 or

Trade waste approvals- contact Plumbing Department 07 4099 9444 or