Council has local laws covering a range of business activities. Some of these include:
- Food safety
The majority of food businesses require a food licence issued by Council. Information on food licensing is detailed in Council's Food business licensing information package.
- Accommodation premises
These include bed and breakfasts, farm stays, holiday accommodation, short term accommodation, taverns and caravan parks.
- Personal appearance services
These include high risk services such as tattooists, body piercers, etc.
- Outdoor/alfresco dining
Council has a permit scheme for outdoor dining throughout the whole Cairns area. It is our policy to encourage you to register with the Council and seek approval for a yearly permit if you carry out outdoor dining on a public footpath.
- Portable advertisements/sandwich boards
A portable advertisement (sandwich board) is a freestanding, portable, advertising device placed on a footpath, road reserve or public place.
- Commercial filming
Commercial filming/photography will only be allowed after the applicant has complied with the application process and the Council has issued a permit.
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