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Food business licence - Redland City Council - Queensland


You will need this licence if your business:

  • manufactures food (making food by combining 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 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 to operate anywhere across the state. 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 3 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $704.00

Assessment of a new food business's premises design fee. Fees for 2024-25

Apply Application All -

Temporary food business fees:

  • once off event (up to 5 consecutive days) - $109.00
  • regular operation annual licence (valid for 12 months) - $470.00
  • express processing fee - $109.00.

Fees for 2024-25

Buy Miscellaneous All $647.00

Pre-sale inspection. Fees for 2024-25

Comply Inspection All $278.00

Additional inspection. Fees for 2024-25

General Application All -

Additional fees may apply, please contact your council for information on fees to be submitted.

Renew Renewal All -

Food business renewals:

  • low risk - $658.00
  • medium risk - $790.00
  • high risk - $888.00.

Fees for 2024-25.

Transfer Transfer All $386.00

Fees for 2024-25

Vary Variation All $470.00

Structural amendment. Fees for 2024-25

Vary Variation All $62.00

Application for an administrative change where a current licensee proposes to change details such as the corporation name or business structure. One or more current licensees must remain the same and no plan assessment required. Fees for 2024-25

Administering agency

Redland City Council

Contact details

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