Temporary Food Stall Licence (Gold Coast) - Queensland


A food business that conducts the following activities requires a licence:

Sale of unpackaged food by retail, unless non-profit organisation, e.g.

  • BBQ stall/sausage sizzle at outdoor event
  • Food stalls at markets.

Non Profit Organisations

Non-profit organisations are considered licensable food businesses if they provide meals at a particular place on at least 12 days each financial year.  Examples:

  • A restaurant, open daily to the public operated by a sporting club to raise revenue for the club
  •  A non-profit organisation preparing and selling meals to homeless persons at a homeless person hostel
  • the preparation of meals by Meals on Wheels
  •  Mobile food van (providing meals) at a sporting ground.

If you operate your licensable food business from temporary premises (e.g. stalls, fetes or markets etc) in more than one local council area, you are required to hold a food business licence with each of the local councils where you intend to operate.

NB: If you are unsure if your business requires a licence, contact council.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant Development Approval to prevent the application being delayed.


Council determines the length of this approval.


Contact council to determine applicable fees.


Regulation(s) name

Food Regulation 2016 QLD

Application process

Submit a complete temporary food business licence application to council. Other forms may be required.

Local government toobox - How to apply.


If you would like to take over a temporary food premises contact council.

Additional information

Council will process your application within 30 days or within otherwise agreed time frames.  You will be contacted should additional information be required to process the application.  This may cause delays in processing your application.

You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding the application

Council may conduct an inspection during the term of the licence.

Administering agency

City of Gold Coast

Contact details

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

City of Gold Coast

Operating address: 135 Bundall Road
Queensland 4217
Mailing address: PO Box 5042
Gold Coast Mail Centre
Queensland 9729
Phone: 1300 694 222
Phone: 07 5582 8211
Fax: 07 5596 3653
Email: gcccmail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
Website: Gold Coast City Council (Opens in new window)