Food safety and licensing

Food safety is important for everyone. It's estimated that 1 in 5 people in Australia become ill from eating unsafe food each year.

There are more than 1100 licensed food businesses in the Cairns Regional Council area.  For public safety, these businesses are closely regulated and must comply with a range of food safety legislation.

If you are thinking of starting, taking over or renovating a food business, read the information carefully to ensure you understand your obligations.

Legislation and regulations

To operate a food business, you must comply with the Food Standards Code, Food Act 2006, Council requirements and various other laws. Read more

Fixed Premises

Explore the licensing requirements for food businesses that operate from a building or structure with a fixed location. Read more

Mobile Food Vehicle

Mobile food vehicles must meet the same food safety requirements as other food businesses. Certain locations are restricted or regulated. Read more

Home-based food business

If you intend to process, manufacture, and/or sell food from a domestic kitchen in residential premises, you are considered a home-based food business. Read more

Temporary food business

Temporary food businesses are temporary structures used to prepare and sell food at occasional events, and are dismantled after the event Read more

Non-profit organisations

Different rules apply to non-profit organisations looking to prepare food. Concessions are available for eligible groups wishing to operate a food business. Read more

Catering

To operate an off-site or on-site catering business, you must hold a Food Business Licence and have an accredited Food Safety Program. Read more

Taking over a food business

Thinking about buying an existing fixed or mobile food business? Find out about licences, permits, other approvals and pre-purchase searches. Read more

Renovating or changing a food business

If you plan to renovate or refurbish an existing fixed premises or mobile food vehicle, you may need to apply for Council approval. Read more

Food Safety Program

Your food business may need to have an accredited Food Safety Program. Explore the criteria and accreditation process. Read more

Food safety training

All food business employees must undergo food safety training. You can access free training and online food safety resources here. Read more

Food Safety Supervisor

All licensed food businesses must have a Food Safety Supervisor. Learn about the requirements and notification process. Read more
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Last updated: 14 December 2018