Apply for a food licence

If you conduct a business that prepares or handles for sale to the public, you may require a licence under the QLD Food Act 2006. Licensable food business are required to follow regulations as prescribed in the legislation and Food Standards Code to ensure only safe food is provided for sale. There are significant penalties for operating a food business without a food licence.

Food Licence required if...
Yes No
Only sell hot coffee, hot tea, water*, softdrinks
  X
Sell packaged snack food
  X
Sell freshly prepared juices
X  
Manufacture cakes, biscuits, bread, confectionery or snack foods*
X X - if selling unpackaged low risk snack food purchased from a licenced manufacturer.
Repack spices, tea, confectionery, snack food**
X - for retail distribution
X - if packaged at the place of retail
Run a mobile food van
X X - if only selling pre-packaged & labelled food
Run a restaurant, cafe or takeaway outlet
X  
Run a bakery
X  
Have a home-based food business
X  
Run a catering business
X  
Run a market stall or temporary food stall
X  
Roast coffee
X  
*Water carriers selling potable water by retail and manufacturers of bottled water are required to have a food business licence. The sale of bottled water and water by the glass does not require a food business licence.
**Snack food is defined as any of the following food that is not potentially hazardous, a) biscuits or cakes; b) confectionery, corn chips, potato chips or nuts; c) dried or glazed fruit; d) other food prescribed under a regulation.
To make an application for a Food Business Licence please contact one of Council’s Environmental Health Officers on (07) 4945 0200 or email Council at info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au
  1. P  07 4945 0200
    Email  info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

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