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City of Gold Coast mobile food truck initiative

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Food Trucks in Parks program

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Council are currently undertaking a review of the mobile food vending in parks trial. In 2018, we're looking at activating suburban parks across the City. Food truck vendors are encouraged to register their interest in the program from November 2017 at Parks&

The Food Trucks in Parks program is aimed at activating suburban parks across the City with diverse food experiences for the benefit of local communities, whilst also providing small business owners and local entrepreneur's an entry level opportunity to test the market and introduce culinary talents to the public domain.

Permit holders for 2018-19

Food truck vendors interested in participating in the 2018-19 Food Trucks in Parks program are encouraged to register their interest via Parks&

Permit types

The City is offering the following type of permits:

Mobile food vendors in parks on weekends and public holidays

Application processing fee: $250
Permit fee (per annum): $1500

This permit enables an additional high quality/low cost food service to be provided to park users and ensures vendors meet City requirements. Permit holders will be required to nominate the location and day they wish to operate in order to be issued a separate booking confirmation (no fee) which grants them access to the site. This process ensures the City manages the use of each location and prevents conflicts with special events or park closures.

Operations under this permit will be limited to Saturdays, Sundays and some public holidays. Due to the limited number of approved locations, a maximum of 20 permits will be granted at any one time. The number of vendors allowed to operate at each location is specified below. Vendors can only operate between the hours of 8am and 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays and allowable public holidays unless otherwise directed by the City.

Park name/location Operating times Number of vending vehicles permitted at one time
Damian Leeding Memorial Park, Oxenford 8am to 7pm 2
Jabiru Island Park, Paradise Point 2
Len Fox Park, Labrador 2
Southport Broadwater Parklands - northern precinct 2
Southport Broadwater Parklands - southern precinct 2
Philip Park, Main Beach 4
Macintosh Island Park, Surfers Paradise 4
Evandale Park, Surfers Paradise 2
Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach 2
Pratten Park, Broadbeach 2
Hinterland Regional Park, Mudgeeraba 1
Schusters Park, Tallebudgera 1
Pizzey Park, Miami 2

General conditions of a permit

A complete set of conditions will be applied as part of the Local Law permit pertaining to each location.

In addition to the standard conditions required by the Local Law, the following conditions will be placed on permits:

  • must hold a mobile food licence issued by the City (where applicable)
  • permit is for 12 months from date of approval
  • permit must be displayed at all times
  • operating hours are appropriate for the location
  • trading on Christmas Day and ANZAC Day is not permitted
  • amenity of the area is not adversely impacted
  • alcohol is not to be served
  • vehicle must be kept clean and in a good state of repair and working order, ensuring road worthiness and that noise, fumes, smoke, foul odours and other contaminants are not generated
  • public safety is a priority
  • allowances are made for special events
  • all relevant insurances and licences are in place
  • all nominated staff must pass a police check and hold a blue card
  • no amplified sound or music allowed
  • sale of items may be restricted at some locations.


Permits are issued on an annual basis. Permit fees are waived for not-for-profit organisations but all applicants are required to pay the application processing fee.

Mobile food vendors in parks on weekends and public holidays

Application processing fee: $250
Permit fee (per annum): $1500

How to apply

Email your register of interest to Parks&

Application assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • mandatory requirements
  • development of competitive local business and industry
  • environmental protection and sustainability
  • vehicle design and aesthetics
  • quality cuisine.

Evaluation of applications will take into account the assessment criteria in any decision to determine the most advantageous applications. These criteria ensure the outcomes defined in the Parks and Recreation Services plan are achieved.

Please note: The City of Gold Coast reserves the right to conduct reference checks and site visits.

How to address the application assessment criteria

Applications should address all criteria in full. Each section of the form must be completed.

Please refer to the Mobile food vending in parks application guide.

Jump to key information
  • Is a permit required to operate in a park as part of an event?

    No. Trading as part of an event can be coordinated directly with event organisers without the need for a permit to operate a mobile food vending vehicle in a park.

  • What is the difference between a permit to operate a mobile food vehicle in a park and a food licence for a mobile food business?

    The primary purpose for a permit to operate a mobile food vehicle in a park is to allow permitted mobile food vehicles to trade in a select number (and location) of parks as part of a trial. The permit specifically relates to the type of activity (food and beverage vending) and location (approved parks).

  • Is a food licence required?

    A mobile food business that conducts the following activities requires a food licence from the City:

    • a food business that involves selling hamburgers from a motor vehicle
    • ice cream van
    • pie van (smoko truck)
    • mobile snack trucks
    • mobile food trailers
    • domestic water carriers
    • unpackaged food from a vending machine.

    The primary purpose of the Food Act 2006 is to establish that food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption. This Act requires City of Gold Coast to monitor the standard of operations in fixed food premises by providing for the licensing of particular food businesses. Compliance with the Act will assist you in providing safe food for your customers.

    For more information visit Council's Knowledge Network - Toolbox.

    It is anticipated that most ‘Operating a mobile food vehicle in a park’ permit holders will also need to hold a current food licence as required under the Food Act 2006.