Do I need a Food Licence?

All licensable food businesses including fixed premises, mobile premises and temporary premises are required to be licensed by Council. If you wish to operate a licensable food business in the Whitsunday Regional Council area you are required to obtain a licence from Council by applying to the Health and Environment Section. The following information will assist you in ensuring your application is complete and that you have considered everything that is required to apply for a food business licence.
  • All licensed food businesses are required to have a qualified Food Safety Supervisor.
  • Some licensed food businesses are also required to have an accredited Food Safety Program.
Establishing a food business premises whether in a new or existing building requires compliance with a range of legislation. Application may be needed for each of the areas listed below depending on the nature of the food business. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all these areas have been investigated. 
  • Planning Approval
  • Building Approval
  • Trade Waste Permit
  • Plumbing and Drainage Permit
  • Food Business Licence Application
The food business may also require:
  • Footpath Dining Permit; Portable Advertising Licence or Mobile Vending Permit from the Health and Environment section of Council
  • Signage Approval from Council's Development Assessment section
Should you wish to enquire about applying for a Food Licence, please contact Council's Health & Environment Section on 1300 WRC QLD (1300 972 753) or refer to Council's Food Licencing Factsheet (PDF, 13 KB)

The Food Fitout Guide for Fixed Premises may assist you with details of building kitchen standards.

Types of Food licences:
  • Fixed premises
  • Mobile food vans
  • Market food stalls
  • Temporary food premises
  • Home-based food businesses
  • Charter vessels
Please contact Council's Environmental Health Officers to apply for a Food Licence - for ease of reference refer to the matrix to determine whether a Food licence is required.
  1. P  1300 WRC QLD (1300 972 753)

    67 Herbert Street, Bowen
    Shop 23 Whitsunday Plaza, Cannonvale
    Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville
    83 - 85 Main Street, Proserpine
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