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Food business licence - Richmond Shire 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 $215.00

Additional RFI fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $447.00

Plan approval. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $58.00

Temporary food licence (per event - not more than 3 days). Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $63.00

Restoration. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $11.00

Temporary food licence - each additional day for a maximum period of 1 week. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $115.00

Annual licence. Fees for 2023-24

Comply Inspection All $115.00

Additional inspection per hour. Fees for 2023-24

Comply Inspection All $178.00

Environmental health search. Fees for 2023-24

General Duplicate Certificate All $16.00

Copy / replacement licence. Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $88.00

Minor amendment. Fees for 2023-24


Administering agency

Richmond Shire Council

Contact details

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