Food business licence - Balonne Shire Council - Queensland


You will need this licence if you are a for-profit business that intends to make food or sell unpackaged food by retail. You will also require a food business licence if you are a non-profit organisation that sells meals at a particular place on 12 or more days each financial year.

This licence applies to all locations and food business types, whether you are based in commercial premises, at home or from a vehicle or stall.

If you are going to operate as a mobile food business, you only need one food business licence in one of the local government areas within which you intend to operate. A mobile food business includes:

  • vehicles from which you sell unpackaged food by retail
  • food vending machines
  • water carriers delivering drinking water.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence, you must:

  • meet the requirements set out in legislation
  • provide any plans or drawings
  • appoint a Food Safety Supervisor who is available when the business is operating.

You may also be required to have an accredited Food Safety Program.

It is advised that you talk to your council before applying.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Depending on the requirements in your licence, you may also be subject to audits at a frequency determined by the council.


Maximum of three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $196.35 Retail food shop, retail food vehicle, bed and breakfast, water carrier or manufacturer of low risk foods. Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All $454.30

High risk / manufacturer. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $128.70

Temporary facility. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Inspection All $128.70

Additional inspection. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Licence All $184.80

Fees for 2022-23

Apply Licence All $303.05

High risk / manufacturer. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Miscellaneous All $201.85 Liquor licence endorsement. fees for 2022-23
Vary Variation All $196.35

Minor alterations. Fees for 2022-23

Vary Variation All $103.95

Fees for 2022-23


Additional information

If you intend to operate a water carrier as part of your mobile food business, you will need to follow the guidelines outlined in the authorising legislation.

Administering agency

Balonne Shire Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.