Food business licence - Somerset Regional 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 $304.00

Design assessment for fixed and mobile premises. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $107.00

Existing fixed premises fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

Temporary food business:

  • up to seven days - $77.00
  • annual licence - $151.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $151.00

Domestic water carrier - per tanker. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All -

Food premises:

  • supermarket containing commercial food retail establishment exceeding 2000 square metres - $363.00
  • other commercial food retail establishments (cafes etc) including accommodation or care premises where food is provided - $209.00
  • not for profit food retail establishments (halls etc) excluding accommodation or care premises where food is provided - $137.00
  • food vehicles / mobile vending - $528.00
  • home kitchens and for bed and breakfast establishments and host farms where food is provided to accommodation clients only - $66.00.

NOTE: annual fees do not apply where a rate notice special charge for this purpose applies.

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All -

Amendment to licence:

  • minor administrative changes - $64.00
  • changes to premises requiring design assessment - $198.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Administering agency

Somerset Regional Council

Contact details

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