Food business licence - Balonne Shire Council - Queensland


You will need this licence if your business:

  • manufactures food (making food by combing ingredients)
  • sells unpackaged food by retail (for example, cafe, restaurant or takeaway food shop)
  • is a non-profit organisation and sells, on at least 12 days each financial year, meals are prepared by your organisation at a particular place.

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 need to have an accredited Food Safety Program.

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.

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


Up to 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


Administering agency

Balonne Shire Council

Contact details

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