Preparing a food business application

If you are preparing an application for a food business in a fixed location such as a cafe, restaurant, takeaway, home business, factory or similar, the following information will assist you to get your application right the first time.

Your application must meet the requirements of the Food Act 2006 and Food Safety Standards to be assessed and decided. If your application does not meet this criteria, assessment may not be able to start or your application could be refused.

Ensure your application is properly made and avoid common application problems that may cause delays.

Application for food business licence

Council will assess the suitability of the premises, the applicant's previous compliance with food legislation and the applicant's skills and knowledge in providing safe food, when deciding if a licence may be issued.

Brisbane City Council will assess your proposed food premises to make sure the design complies with the Food Safety Standards.

Acceptable solutions for the design and construction of food premises are detailed in the design and fit-out guide for food businesses located under the application process and assessment section of the Local Government Toolbox website.

Applications must be:

  • made on the Food Business Licence Application form
  • lodged with the appropriate fee
  • accompanied by a Food Safety Program and Food Safety Program Accreditation Application form (where applicable).

Incomplete and not properly made applications

If a food business licence application is not properly made at the time of lodgement, it may be rejected by Council. A new application will need to be submitted with all of the required information.

In order for an application to be properly assessed and decided, Council may require additional information from you. In this case a request for further information may be issued and your application placed on hold, causing delay. If after 30 days the information has not been supplied, your food business licence application will be considered withdrawn. If you wish to proceed with your food business you will need to submit a new application with the relevant fees.

Last updated: 12 November 2021

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