Establishing a food premises

Food businesses may be carried out in fixed/permanent, mobile or temporary food premises. Commercial food handling activities are not permitted in domestic kitchens.

Food premises must be constructed in accordance with Food Safety Standard 3.2.3.
Refer to AS 4674-2004 - Design, construction and fit out of food premises or the Queensland Health guide for the design, construction and fit out of food premises.

Five steps to establishing your food premises

Step 1 – Development approvals (fixed premises)

Contact our Planning and Development Directorate to check if any development approvals are required. These may include material change of use, plumbing approval and/or building approval. They are not required for mobile or temporary premises.

Step 2 – Other approvals (mobile or temporary food premises)

Operating at an event or market
Permission from the event coordinator is required.

Operating on privately owned land
A development permit may be required.  Contact us to discuss your proposal with our Planning and Development Directorate.

Operating on a main road
An approval (road corridor permit) from Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads is required. To find out more visit the department's website or phone 07 5482 0333.

Operating on council land: beaches, parks, footpaths, roads
Approval for Commercial use of local government controlled areas and roads from Council is required under our local laws.
Ensure that you meet the relevant criteria prior to lodging the application. Details of relevant criteria are contained in the Standards for the conduct of prescribed activities.
Contact us to discuss your proposal with one of our Environmental Health Officers prior to lodging an application.

Operating on the beach or national parks campgrounds
Approval from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is required. Contact the Tewantin office on phone (07) 5449 8238.

Step 3 – Floor plans assessment

We offer a free floor plan assessment service to assist in providing information and advice in respect of the design, construction and fit out of a commercial kitchen. Plans are reviewed to ensure they comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Standards. Submit your plans for assessment prior to construction/fit out to reduce the risk of costly changes later on.

Step 4 – Application for Food Business Licence

Submit a Food Business Licence application

We will contact you to arrange a time for a final inspection prior to your business commencing operation. You will be notified when a decision has been made. If compliant, a Food Business Licence will be issued.  The premises will be inspected on a regular basis to ensure ongoing compliance.

Step 5 – Nomination of a Food Safety Supervisor

You are required to nominate at least one food safety officer with 30 days of the issue of a Food Business Licence.  You must provide evidence of the attainment of the minimum food safety supervisor competencies prescribed by Queensland Health.

For further information about this requirement, refer to:
Food Safety Supervisor course information and providers 38KB
Food Safety Supervisor factsheet - Queensland Health