Licence requirements

Mobile food vehicle operators who prepare and sell food within their vehicles are subject to the same licencing requirements as those who operate Fixed Premises.

If you intend to prepare ingredients or food at another location to sell in your mobile food vehicle, your preparation location must be licensed as a food business (manufacturer).

  • For example, if you plan to use your home kitchen to bake cakes to sell from your vehicle, your home kitchen must be licensed. Find out more about getting a food licence for a home based food business.

The vehicle type and size may also limit the foods you are able to safely prepare and sell sell from that vehicle.

  • For example, a pie van (smoko truck), where food handling occurs outside the van may limit the sort of foods that can be provided, as there is a higher chance of contamination to food preparation surfaces; if you are using a smoko van, you may not be permitted to make sandwiches from the vehicle.
Yes – licence is required No – licence not required
  • preparing and selling food from a vehicle
  • ice cream vans
  • pie vans (smoko truck)
  • mobile snack trucks
  • mobile food trailers
  • domestic water carriers
  • unpackaged food from a vending machine

Mobile food businesses that sell only the following do not require a licence:

  • coffee or tea
  • slushies
  • pre-packaged food.

Note: even though a licence may not be required, these types of businesses must ensure the sale of safe and suitable food, and comply with the Food Safety Standards. This includes the design, construction and fit out of the food premises.

If you are unsure if you require a licence, contact Council on 1300 69 22 47 and ask to speak with an Environmental Health Officer.

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Last updated: 14 December 2018