Business regulations

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.
  • Busking
    Buskers of Cairns are encouraged to join our list of talented performers who regularly entertain the city crowds.