All licensable food businesses including fixed premises, mobile premises and temporary premises are required to be licensed by Council. If you wish to operate a licensable food business in the Livingstone Shire Local Government area you are required to obtain a licence from Council by applying to the Environmental Health Unit. The following information will assist you in ensuring your application is complete and that you have considered everything that is required to apply for a food business licence. For a detailed guide on the application process please download the Food Business Licence Application Guide.
Before you make a decision on the premises you intend to start a food business from it is recommended to book pre-lodgement with one of Council’s Environmental Health Officers. The Environmental Health Officer can meet on site to answer questions and discuss the premises against the Food Safety Standards requirements.
To make an application for Food Business Licence with Council, you must submit a fully completed form with supporting documentation and the relevant fee. If your food business is required to have an accredited Food Safety Program, you must apply for this at the same time using the same form
When approved, you can then carry out any proposed works (eg. construction or fit out) in accordance with the approved application. When you are close to completing the construction of the premises you will need to contact Council's Environmental Health Unit to arrange a final inspection. This inspection is to determine whether the premises comply with the Food Safety Standard 3.2.3 and any specific conditions put on the food business licence. You cannot open your business until the premise has had a final inspection and approval has been obtained.