Permits and Licenses
Maranoa Regional Council regulates a number of activities including food businesses, mobile food vendors, caravan parks, potable water carriers and high risk personal appearance services to ensure they are operated and maintained to a level that meets legislative requirements of the relevant acts to reduce risk to public health.
On this page you will find information, fact sheets and useful links on all permits and licencing regulated by local government.
Note: Some of the links below lead to Queensland Government websites and LG Toolbox, providing standardised local government information relating to certain services.
Council works with food businesses to ensure that they are providing safe and suitable food to their customers. Council monitor the standard of food businesses and food handling practices against the Food Act 2006 and Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.
Do I need a food business licence?
Regardless of whether you are opening a new food business or taking over an existing premises, you may require a food business licence. To find out whether you need a licence and the licence types available please refer to the LG Toolbox Website.
A fixed food premises includes any type of business located in a building or other structure, or part of a building or other structure that has a permanent address. For further information on how to start a food business, refer to the LG Toolbox website. For further information on requirements for food premises design, construction and fit-out refer to the Queensland Health Guide.
Council is required to monitor the standard of operations in food premises that provide footpath/roadside dining. Council regulates footpath/roadside dining is to ensure these activities are carried out in a safe manner for diners and pedestrians. For further information refer to the LG Toolbox website.
A mobile food business includes any type of business selling potentially hazardous food from a van, truck, trailer or motor vehicle. A mobile food business only requires licensing from one local council area in Queensland from where it is based
Market stalls and stalls at fetes are examples of a temporary food business. If you operate your temporary business in more than one local government area, you are required to hold a food business licence with each of the local councils where you intend to operate. For further information refer to the LG Toolbox website.
A food safety program is a written document indicating how a food business will control the food safety hazards associated with the food handling activities of the business. Only certain high risk food businesses are required to have food safety programs.
Licensable food businesses are required to have an accredited food safety program if:
· The food business involves off-site catering
· The primary activity of the food business is on-site catering at the premises stated in the licence
· The primary activity of the food business is on-site catering at part of the premises stated in the licence to cater to 200 or more people on 12 or more occasions in any 12 month period
· The food business is carried on as part of the operations of a private hospital or otherwise processes or serves potentially hazardous food to six or more vulnerable people.
For further information refer to the Queensland Health website.
Food Safety Program Resources
Queensland Health – Food safety programs information for businesses
Queensland Health – Register for approved auditors
To help understand the process for licence renewals and preparing for inspections, refer to the tool box website. You will also find information on how Council investigates complaints and takes enforcement action. For further information refer to the LG Toolbox website.
Water carriers delivering drinking water must apply for a mobile food business licence to comply with the Food Act 2006. There are specific requirements relating to signage, hoses, pumps and fittings. To view these requirements refer to the LG Toolbox website.
Personal appearance services include beauty therapy, body piercing, hairdressing and skin penetration services (tattooing, scarring and implanting substances). However, only businesses that provide higher risk personal appearance services need a licence from Maranoa Regional Council. For further information and to determine if your service is considered high risk, refer to the LG Toolbox website.
Council regulates caravan parks and camping grounds to ensure that they are maintained in a clean and hygienic condition and that they provide appropriate facilities. Compliance with Council's requirements will assist you in providing a safe environment for your customers. For further information refer to the LG Toolbox website.
Council regulates roadside vendors to ensure these activities are carried out in a safe manner for road users and pedestrians. This activity means the commercial supply of goods or services on a road. For further information refer to the LG Toolbox website.
If you are undertaking regulated activities on Council controlled areas or roads you may require a permit before you can conduct your activity. For example: Display of goods on the footpath, Street Stall, display or information booth or musical or theatrical performace.
For further information, please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on 1300 007 662.