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Guide to applying for a food business licence and registration

By Alfred White,2014-04-16 21:30
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Guide to applying for a food business licence and registration

    A guide

    to making application

    for a

FOOD BUSINESS

    Design and Fit Out

    Licence (fixed, mobile, temporary)

    Restore, Amend, Replace

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    Table of Contents

    SECTION 1 BACKGROUND INFORMATION...........................................................3

SECTION 2 APPLICATION PROCESS............................................................................4

    SECTION 3 OTHER PERMITS / APPROVALS MAY BE REQUIRED.....................6

SCHEDULE 1 FEES………………………………………………………………………………………..7

    SCHEDULE 2 - EXPLANATION OF TERMS AND DEFINITIONS………..…………………………..8

    SCHEDULE 3 WHERE TO GET HELP……………………………………………………………...…10

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SECTION 1 BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Food Legislation

    Queensland’s food legislation is designed to ensure consumers are provided with safe food while allowing

    food businesses a flexible approach to meeting food safety requirements.

    In Queensland, food legislation relevant to operating a food business includes:

?;Food Act 2006 (the ‘Act’),

    ?;Food Standards Code (the ‘Code’) including the Food Safety Standards

    ?;Standard 3.1.1 Interpretation and Application

    ?;Standard 3.2.2 Food Safety Practices and General Requirements

    ?;Standard 3.2.3 Food Premises and Equipment

    In addition, the following documents provide assistance in interpretation of or guidance to the legislation:

?;Safe Food Australia (Interpretation of the Food Safety Standards.)

    ?;Australian Standard 4674 Design, construction and fit-out of food premises

    Details of where to obtain copies of any of the above documents are listed in Schedule 4.

Who enforces the food legislation?

    Local Government Environmental Health Officers are responsible for enforcing the Food Safety Standards in Queensland. They also assist food businesses to understand the legislation and their legal requirements through training, onsite advice and newsletters or information sheets.

    Environmental Health Officers have specific powers under Food Act 2006, allowing them to enter a food business for an inspection, as well as questioning staff, seizing and removing items found, or ordering a food business to stop operating on the grounds of public health and safety.

What is licence?

    A licence is issued to a person who is responsible for the handling of food in a food business. The licence allows the person to handle food at a suitable premises, place or vehicle.

Do I need to apply for a licence?

    The following types of food businesses will generally be required to apply for a licence:

?;Retail food outlets

    ?;Manufacturers of food products

    ?;Caterers must be licensed

    ?;Charity food businesses that handle food may require a licence depending on frequency ?;Private residential facilities and hospitals

    ?;Temporary premises

    ?;Mobile food vehicles

    ?;Kiosks and canteens

    ?;Accommodation facilities

    ?;Outlets that handle unpackaged foods

    ?;Bed and breakfast facilities

    In addition, existing food premises intending to alter their design, construction or fit-out are required to seek approval from their local government prior to undertaking any works. This package and associated forms may be used for this purpose.

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When do I make application?

    Applications are required to be made to the local government prior to the design and fit out and operation

    of the food business.

If you are not sure if you require a licence please contact Tablelands Regional Council’s, Environmental

    Section on (07) 4043 4100.;

SECTION 2 APPLICATION PROCESS

    There are several steps to complete when applying to open and operate a food business. The application process to be followed will depend on which type of application is to be lodged. This section provides an overview of the process however; it is strongly recommended that an appointment is made with an Environmental Health Officer in order to guide the applicant through the process.

Pre-lodgement meeting

    Tablelands Regional Council provides a pre-lodgement service to assist applicants in understanding the requirements of the legislation and the application process. This service enables a meeting to take place