Water Carrier Permit and Water Tanker Approval (Whitsunday) - Whitsunday Regional Council - Queensland


Transporting and selling bulk potable water intended for human consumption is a licensable food business activity.

You need a food licence under the Food Act 2006 to carry on a business where you:

  • use a water tanker to distribute water for domestic purposes (e.g. human consumption, food preparation, washing or other domestic activities)

  • obtain water from a source within the council area

  • sell water to a place within the council area

  • take water from the council's supply for commercial purposes

You must gain council approval for all tankers you use to distribute water.

Council may grant a food licence if satisfied that:

Service type


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

Application process

Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

Additional information

Council regulates the drawing and cartage of water to:

  • ensure that water supplied by water tankers for domestic consumption or use is of high quality.

  • protect from contamination both water supplied and the water supply from which this water is taken.

Council may grant a food licence based on the following conditions:


  • restricts the sources of supply from which you may take water for your business

  • restricts or prevents using water tankers for any purposes other than domestic water distribution.


  • only distribute water that is fit for human consumption and complies with standards set by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

  • take samples of water periodically, analyse the bacteriological and mineral content and provide council with the results of the analysis

  • only take water from approved potable water sources

  • only use water tankers for water suitable for domestic purposes

  • maintain the interior of each water tank in a clean and hygienic condition, free from rust and foreign matter

  • display the licence number and water tanker approval number the council issues you on each water tank, with the letters and numbers not less than 100mm in height

  • display the trading name and telephone number of the water carrier on the tank, with the letters not less than 75mm in height

  • display the wording "DRINKING WATER ONLY" on each side of the tank, and at not less than 150mm in height

  • take reasonable steps to prevent contamination of any source of supply, distribution tank and receptacle into which you transfer water.

Administering agency

Whitsunday Regional Council

Contact details

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Whitsunday Regional Council

Operating address: 67 Herbert Street
Bowen, Queensland 4805
Operating address: Whitsunday Plaza
Shop 23
8 Galbraith Park Road
Cannonvale, Queensland 4802
Operating address: Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets
Collinsville, Queensland 4804
Mailing address: PO BOX 104
Proserpine, Queensland 4800
Phone: 1300 972 753
Fax: 07 4945 0222
Email: info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au
Website: Whitsunday Regional Council (Opens in new window)