Starting a new food business

Use this page to find Brisbane City Council's requirements to start a new food business. Also find information on the food licence business process for fixed and mobile food businesses.

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Home-based food business

If you want to run a food business from home, find out if you need a licence and how to apply (including fees). Also find out how to prepare for a Council inspection. 
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Market food stall

Any food business wanting to run a temporary stall to prepare or handle unpackaged food for retail sale may need a food busines licence. Find out when a licence is required and how to apply (including fees).
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Mobile food vehicle

A mobile food vehicle generally requires a food business licence to operate. Find out when you need a licence, permitted locations and how to apply (including fees).

Standing stalls

If you want to set-up a stall, booth, stand, tables/chairs or stationary vehicle on a road or footpath for commercial or promotional activity, you need approval. Find out how to apply.
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Cafe, restaurant and takeaway

Find out what you need to do to start a cafe, restaurant, takeaway or similar food business in a fixed location.

Food manufacturing

Food manufacturing requires a licence from Council. Find out the requirements and how to apply.
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Catering

Catering businesses can be on-site or off-site. Find out the licence requirements and how to apply.

Non-profit organisation

A non-profit organisation that involves the sale of meals at a particular place on at least 12 days each financial year is a licensable food business.

Food business licence process

View the food licence business process roadmap for fixed and mobile food businesses.

Government organisations

Council does not regulate food businesses operated by state or government-owned corporations and state school tuckshops operated by P&C Associations.