Laws and permits for businesses

You may need planning and building approval to start or expand your business. Licences and permits are also required for particular business types.

Learn more information and the requirements for permits and licences issued by Brisbane City Council. Find some of the environmental applications you may need to suit your business.

Food business licences

Food business licences

A food business licence may be required whether you are starting a new food business or taking over an existing one.

Find out about the different types of food businesses you can run, and learn more about the application process.

Entertainment venues and events

Events, venues and filming

Brisbane City Council encourages a range of festivals, markets, events, live entertainment venues and creative enterprises, such as filming.

Council regulates these activities to ensure public health and safety. Find out the requirements and how to apply.

Malls management

Malls management and markets

Brisbane has three main malls - Queen Street, Brunswick Street and the Chinatown mall. Penalties may apply for breaches of the local laws in these areas.

Environmental licences and forms

Download Council fees, environmental licences and application forms, including a Statutory Declaration.
Advertising signs

Advertising signs

Council is responsible for licencing and regulating outdoor advertising signs in Brisbane.

Commercial vehicle parking and permits

Find out if your vehicle requires a commercial vehicle parking permit to use a commercial loading zone.

Promote your event with Council assets

Promote your event or awareness campaign by lighting up a bridge or hanging a banner. Find out about options, availability and bookings.

Commercial use of roads and footpaths

You need a footway permit for certain activities on Council’s footpaths and roads, and on your driveway.

Pet shops and animal permits

If you sell cats or dogs in Brisbane, you are required to hold a current pet shop permit. You also need a permit if you keep a racehorse.

Planning and building approvals

Find out what approvals are required for common business projects, home business and residential developments. You can also access specific information for real estate agents and building certifiers.

Trade waste

Apply for a trade waste approval from Queensland Urban Utilities.

More information

For further assistance, phone Council's Business hotline on 133 BNE (133 263) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.