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The City of Launceston requires various licences and permits for events and businesses within the municipal area.

Food business registration
Food premises are subject to annual registration and licensing of the operator and are required to make an application for registration annually. If you are purchasing a food business please request advice on the status of the business from the Council's Environmental Services Department.

Annual Food Business Application Form (PDF 52KB)

Food Business - Self Assessment Checklist (PDF 186KB) 

Summary of Labelling Requirements for Packaged Foods (PDF 46KB)

Food Business pre-opening inspection checklist (PDF 61.6KB)

If you are planning a new premises
, there are a number of steps you need to take.  Council has developed an information sheet (PDF 146KB) to assist you in developing your food premises. 

You may also need approvals from Council's Planning and Building departments.


Free online food safety training
The City of Launceston takes food hygiene within our city very seriously. All food businesses have obligations and the Council is assisting food businesses to meet those obilgations by providing free access to this exciting new training tool. There is a high demand for training within the food sector. This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner.
The program is easy to follow, includes an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes. A training acknowledgement form can be printed upon completion and be kept as part of your staff records.
Visit to conduct the training now. 
Information flyer (PDF 2MB)
Place of assembly licence (Specific events)
Persons wishing to conduct public events should first enquire with the Council's Environmental Health Department to see if a Place of Assembly (Specific Events) Licence is required before the events take place. Any public event that incorporates the use of any temporary and/or moveable structures such as tents, stages and amusement equipment will certainly require a licence. To obtain a licence you will need to complete an application form and lodge it at least 28 days before the date of the planned event, as it has to go to a Council meeting for consideration. You will need to provide as much information about the event as you can, especially copies of any certificate, licence, registration or permit from a functional control authority such as fire services or an engineer for any temporary structure or moveable structure used in the event.


Place of Assembly Licence Application Form - Specific Event (PDF 108KB)
Specific Events License Fact Sheet (PDF 268KB)
Risk Management for Public Events (PDF 257KB)

Emergency Management Planning for Public Events (PDF 257KB)

If you are planning a new premises, there are a number of steps you need to take.  Council has developed an information sheet (PDF 146KB) to assist you in developing your food premises. 

You may also need approvals from Council's Planning and Building departments

Food stalls (Temporary or Statewide)
Only people with a licence can prepare and sell food at:
  • School Fairs
  • Fund Raising Stalls
  • Street Stalls
  • Special Events Food Stalls
  • Weekend Market Food Stalls
Temporary Food Stalls within Launceston
If you are operating a stall within the Launceston municipality only, you need to complete a Temporary Food Business application form and apply at least ten days before your planned food stall, or you may not get your Licence. A late payment fee applies to all applications lodged less than 10 days before the event.
Temporary Food Business Application form (PDF 133KB)

Statewide Mobile Food Business

If you are operating a vehicle or stall statewide (including Launceston), you need to complete a Statewide Mobile Food Business application form. Please allow at least ten days to process your application. An annual fee applies.
Statewide Mobile Food Business form (PDF 118KB) 

Please read the guidelines and factsheet before completing your temporary or statewide mobile food business application form:
Guidelines for Mobile Food Businesses
Mobile Food Business Fact Sheet (PDF 243KB)

Your food stall licence must be available at your stall for the duration of the event. If asked by the Police or a Council Officer you must be able to show your licence.

On-street dining
On-street dining is where a portion of the footpath or road reserve has been approved by the City of Launceston to be used by a shop's customers for eating or drinking.
Council has specific street dining guidelines to cover the entire municipality of Launceston.
On Street Dining Application Form (PDF 268KB)
Insurance requirements for On Street Dining (PDF 222KB)
On Street Dining Specifications and Guidelines - this document is currently unavailable
For more information please call 03 6323 3000.

Food vehicles
A food vehicle is a vehicle from which food is sold directly to the public. Your vehicle requires inspection and approval from Council's Environmental Health Department.
Specific guidelines apply to the inside of the food vehicle.The Australia New Zealand Food Standard Code sets out a number of items you will need to consider. You can view these requirements at the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.

Specialised food and beverage licensing and approvals are required for a range of specific service arrangements.

Even if you are planning to serve food on a one-off basis, regulations still apply.
Statewide Mobile Food Business form (PDF 118KB) 
Food Vehicles - Information for Operators Fact Sheet 
The Council's Environmental Health Department can assist you with more information on any of the above licences and can help you complete your application form/s. Please call 03 6323 3000 for further assistance.

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