Food business licence - Sunshine Coast 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 $594.00

Issue or renewal of licence fee:

  • childcare centre
  • takeaway food bar
  • bakery
  • eating establishment
  • on and off-site catering
  • private hospital
  • aged care facility
  • food vehicle, food van, food caravan or food boat.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $390.00

Issue or renewal of licence fee:

  • retail food shop
  • bed and breakfast
  • manufacturer
  • annual temporary food premises.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $134.00

Assessment of application, plans and issuing of licence - event temporary food premises - 1 off event - a maximum of 4 days

Apply Application All -

Issue or renewal of licence:

  • multiple food preparation areas - $1,185.00
  • retail food vehicle / vending machine - $235.00
  • potable water carrier - $158.00.

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $135.00

Restoration fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

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

Apply Inspection All $692.00

Plan assessment and fit out inspections fee (for proposed new food premises or for structural changes to existing food premises). Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $81.00

Amendment of existing licence without alterations to the premises. Fees for 2023-24

Approval time

Minimum 20 days

Administering agency

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Contact details

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