Water carriers

Water carriers can carry potable (drinking) or non-potable (not for drinking) water. Water carriers delivering drinking water must apply for a food licence (mobile) to comply with the Food Act 2006.

Starting a new business

Select from the drop-down headings below for more information.

How to apply

Complete a Food business – mobile premises licence application and submit, along with payment, at a City customer service centre or by post to PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9729.

No fees are required for a mobile food business licence application (conditions apply – fees are stated on page 4 of the form, where an applicant is not eligible for nil fees). Payment options are also specified on this page.

Please ensure the necessary documentation is attached to your application. Find useful resources to help you get your application started on the City’s Knowledge Network – Toolbox website.

If you are taking over an existing business, you may wish to apply for a Health licence search to confirm the business’ food licence is current and to ensure the current owner is complying with food safety regulations.

Find a link to the Search Request form below.

The City will process the application and notify the applicant(s) of the decision within 30 days. We will contact you if we need any additional information for your application.

Once approved, the licence will be valid until 31 August next, unless otherwise specified by the applicant or the City (or unless cancelled or suspended).

Find a link to the Food business – mobile premises licence application form below.

Information about how to apply for a metered standpipe can be found on our Standpipes and filling stations page.


Taking over an existing business

Select from the drop-down headings below for more information.

Researching the water carrier business

Prior to taking over an existing business you may wish to apply for a Health licence search to confirm the business’ food licence is current and to ensure the current owner is complying with food safety regulations.

Find a link to the Food business – mobile premises licence application and Search Request forms below.

Making alterations to business or licence details

For minor changes to your licence, such as change of contact details, you can call us on 07 5667 5987.

For more complex changes, such as refurbishing premises, additional information will need to be submitted with an Amendment to food licence application.

Find a link to the Amendment to food licence application form below.


Information for existing business

Amendments to a food business licence

For minor changes to your licence, such as change of contact details, you can call us on 07 5667 5987.

For more complex changes, such as refurbishing premises, additional information will need to be submitted with an Amendment to food licence application.

Find an Amendment to food licence application form below.

Licence renewal

Food licences are renewed annually and are valid until 31 August of each year.

  • If there are no change of details to your existing licence, visit our Payments page to find out how to renew your licence online, by phone or by post.
  • If details on your existing licence require amendment, contact us on 07 5667 5987 or visit a customer service centre.

Lost or damaged licence – how to request a replacement

Find a link to the Application for replacement licence / plans / regulatory label below.

Fees apply for the above request and are detailed on the application form.

  • cash, cheque or credit card payment options are available at any of our customer service centres;
  • cheques or money orders made payable to City of Gold Coast can be mailed, along with the completed application form, to City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9729.

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