The steps for licensing a food premises or vehicle are:
- Obtain all the prerequisite approvals listed below that apply to your situation.
- Apply for this licence (Food business design application).
- If design is approved, construct and/or fit out your premises and/or vehicle.
- Apply for any additional approvals (Food business licence application) required for your situation.
- Council will inspect the premises and/or vehicle before issuing the licence.
- Once the licence has been issued, you can start operating.
Legislation requires that final council approval must be obtained within 60 days of lodging a Food business licence application. If your construction and/or fitout will not be completed well within this time frame, you should lodge a Plan assessment design requirements application only (at step 2 above), then lodge the licence application at a later stage.
Attach the following plans to your application 1. site plan (1:200 scale), including the car park, refuse area and adjacent land uses (not required for a mobile food vehicle 2. floor plan (1:50 scale), including layout of benches, tables, storage and exhaust canopies and details of finishes to floors, walls and ceilings 3. sectional elevations of all benches, equipment & fixtures (1:50 scale) 4. other relevant plans, e.g. hydraulic, mechanical ventilation. Plans must include the following details: name, address and phone number of the draftsperson, proposed name of premises, real property description, drawing scale.
Amendments must be lodged by mail or in person at your nearest council regional business centre. Plan assessment design requirements applications can be lodged at your nearest council regional business centre. It is recommended you contact council and ask to speak to an Environmental Health Officer to discuss requirements before lodging this type of application.
Council may inspect the premises and/or vehicle during or shortly after the licensing process. You must supply all mandatory information and documentation when making an application. If you submit an application that is substantially incomplete or incorrect, Brisbane City Council will not be able to process the application. Council will not refund fees in this case. You may need to pay a resubmission fee if you resubmit an application that has previously been refused for this reason. If you have any questions about your application, contact the Brisbane City Council Call Centre.
Food safety supervisors
The Food Act 2006 requires every licensable food business in Queensland to have a food safety supervisor. Licensees are required to notify the local government that issues the licence of the name and contact details of the food safety supervisor for the food business within 30 days of the licence being issued. Refer to Fact sheet 18: Food safety supervisors for further information about food safety supervisors.