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Council is committed to helping you build and operate a better, fully compliant business. To reduce the compliance burden and cost of compliance for business, South East Queensland councils have standardised information and requirements for the following permits and licenses.

Personal appearance services (fixed and mobile)

  • What does Council licence? Only higher-risk personal appearance services (HRPAS) activities require a licence with Council. These activities include tattooing (both body art and cosmetic) and body piercing. Low-risk activities such as hairdressing no longer require a licence.
  • Please note that prior to starting any business for high-risk personal appearance services you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.
  • Determine if the current planning approval will allow the activity at the site. If the planning is suitable then you can look at obtaining the higher-risk personal appearance services (HRPAS) licence (please see Council's fit-out guide and HRPAS design/new premises and new license application forms under More Information below).

Application process

Step 1

  • The facility must meet the requirements for the Queensland Development Code Part MP5.2 - please refer to the link to the fitout guidelines above. Construction that does not meet the standards will not be approved. Please note that portable sinks are not accepted, all sinks must be connected to fixed pipework. Plans will need to be drawn up and submitted with your application. Guidance about plans can be found on page 6 of the application form.
  • Complete the application form (select the Plan Assessment/Design Requirements box) and submit with A3 size design plans and payment of the application fee.
  • It is also recommended that you check the following for any requirements:
    • Council’s building section (07) 3810 6130
    • Council’s plumbing section (07) 3810 6130
    • Queensland Urban Utilities (07) 13 26 57.
  • You may email your application in pdf format including application form, payment details and plans to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Alternatively, post it to the address on the form or hand-deliver to the Planning and Development Department, Ground Floor 45 Roderick Street Ipswich.

Step 2

  • Fit out your premises in accordance with the approval given by Council.
  • Please read both the approved plans and approval conditions carefully when you receive them and carry out your fit-out including any changes that may be required.

Step 3

  • Council will assess your application within 40 business days and respond with an approval and appropriate conditions.
  • About 10 days prior to completing the fit out of the premises, apply for a HRPAS licence.
  • In order to issue a HRPAS licence the operator must nominate a person with suitable qualifications on the application (module HLTIN402C, previously HLTIN2A, HLTIN402B).
  • A Justice of the Peace certified copy of the certificate of attainment should accompany the completed HRPAS licence application and payment of the licence fee.
  • Current fees for an initial HRPAS licence are in the Fees and Charges Register.
  • Complete the application form (select the New Licence box) and return with payment and a copy of the required qualifications.
  • Please indicate that it relates to a new licence and include your design approval number and follow the lodgement instructions are in Step 1 above.
  • A final inspection will be conducted to ensure the premises has been constructed in accordance with the approval. The premises must pass this inspection for the HRPAS licence to be issued.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Complaints

Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding a personal appearance service, visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.

More information

If you are doing any body art tattooing (not cosmetic tattooing) a tattoo operator licence is required with the Office of Fair Trading (phone 13 QGOV for further information)

Personal Appearance Licence Application (PDF, 188.1 KB)
Personal Appearance Services Fitout Guide

Liquor licences

  • Your activity may require a liquor licence if you intend to sell alcohol.
  • For information on liquor licensing please contact the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation on 13QGOV.
  • If the activity, entertainment event or venue is on Council land you may also require Council’s permission (the landowner’s permission) on the liquor license application form.
  • Please ensure that you submit the request to Council in a timely manner and to the correct Department.
  • In order for Council to issue an entertainment venue or event licence a copy of the liquor licence or evidence of the application you have made is required by Council.

Caravan parks and camping grounds

  • A licence is required under (Local Law No. 3 Commercial Licensing (2013)) for a caravan park or relocatable home park and camping grounds.
  • Please note that prior to starting any caravan park/relocatable home park or camping ground business you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.

Caravan park

  • 'Caravan park' means the use of premises for the placement of caravans or relocatable homes for the purpose of residential accommodation.
  • The term includes the use of camping areas and cabins for overnight and holiday accommodation where such camping areas and cabins are provided within the caravan park.
  • The term also includes any amenity buildings, recreation and entertainment facilities, manager's office and residence, shops and storage facilities catering exclusively for the occupants of the caravan park.

Camping ground

  • 'Camping ground' means the use of premises which primarily involves the setting up and use of tents, camper vehicles and caravans for temporary residential use for holiday or recreational purposes.
  • The term also includes any associated amenity buildings.

Application process

Step 1

  • Design approval: plans will need to be drawn up and submitted with your application. Please ensure that you include an overall layout of the site with details of all facilitates provided, especially sites occupied by relocatable homes, camp sites and communal areas. Design approval is required in order that all structural requirements are met in order that a licence can be issued - a new licence is unable to be issued without the design first being checked and approved through this step.
  • Complete the application form (state clearly that it is for design only) and submit with A3 size design plans and payment of the application fee for Council to assess (see General Licence application under More Information below)
  • Your application should include:
    • The address of the proposed caravan park/relocatable home park or camping ground.
    • If the applicant is not the owner of the land on which the caravan park/relocatable home park is situated the written consent of the owner to the application.
    • A layout plan of the proposed caravan park/relocatable home park or camping ground showing the boundaries of the caravan park or camping ground, any existing or proposed buildings and each caravan or camping site (existing or proposed).
    • The name and address of the proposed resident manager of the caravan park/relocatable home park or camping ground and the proposed manager’s written agreement accepting the responsibilities of resident manager of the caravan park.
    • If permits or approvals under another local law are required to construct install or operate the buildings, structures or facilities necessary for the establishment or operation of the caravan park/relocatable home park or camping ground, a copy of the permits or approvals.
    • Details of water quality, reticulation and drainage.
    • Details of the facilities for sanitation, washing, laundry, cooking and recreation to be provided for campers or residents.
  • Council also recommends you check the following for any requirements:
    • Council’s building section (07) 3810 6130
    • Council’s plumbing section (07) 3810 6130
    • Queensland Urban Utilities (07) 13 26 57.

Step 2

  • Fit out your premises in accordance with the approval given by Council.
  • Please read both the approved plans and approval conditions carefully when you receive them and carry out your fit-out including any changes that may be required.
  • You may email your application in pdf format including application form, payment details and plans to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Alternatively you can post it to the address on the form or hand-deliver it to the Planning and Development Department, Ground Floor 45 Roderick Street Ipswich.

Step 3

  • Council will assess your application within 30 business days and respond with an approval and appropriate conditions.
  • About 10 days prior to completing the fit out of the premises, apply for the caravan park/relocatable home park or camping ground licence. Current fees for a caravan park/relocatable home park licence can be found in the Register of Fees and Charges.
  • Please complete the General Licence or Permit application form (please indicate that it is a new licence and your design approval number that it relates to) and return with payment. You may email your application in pdf format including application form and payment details to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Alternatively you can post it to the address on the form or drop it into the Planning and Development Department, Ground Floor 45 Roderick Street Ipswich.
  • A final inspection will be conducted to ensure the premises has been constructed in accordance with the approval - the premises must pass this inspection for the licence to be issued.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Complaints

Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding a caravan park or camping ground, visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.

More information

General Licence Initial Application (PDF, 56.0 KB)

Public swimming pools

  • The site of a swimming pool requires a licence where the pool is provided to customers as part of a commercial relationship.
  • Please note that prior to starting any business where your swimming pool is open to the public (including domestic swim schools) you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.
  • 'Public swimming pool' means a swimming pool that is made available for use to:
    • members of the public or a section of the public on payment of an entrance fee or other charge
    • participants in organised swimming or diving competitions or in training for organised swimming or diving competitions
    • persons who have a commercial relationship with the owner of the pool.
  • Examples of a public pool:
    • Swimming pool available for use by playing guests in a hotel or motel.
    • Swimming pool available for use by customers or employees of the owner.
  • The local law is unrelated to any other legislation or common law for ‘public pools’ to be licenced and/or their respective definitions of a public pool/public swimming pool.

Application process

Step 1

  • The facility must meet the requirements for the Local law No. 3 (Commercial Licensing) 2013. Plans will need to be drawn up and submitted with your application.  Please ensure that you include plans eg floor plan (including toilets and showers), detailed plans etc. and an overall layout of the site.
  • Please complete the application form (PDF, 56.0 KB) and ensure that the details below have been included in the application for the design and return with A3 size design plans and payment of the design application fee.
  • Details required with the application:
    • The address of the proposed public swimming pool
    • A layout plan of the proposed swimming pool complex showing boundaries of the property, existing or proposed buildings, fencing and the location of the pool or pools
    • Proposed hours that the pool will be open to the public
    • Details of the nature and extent of the public use that is proposed by the applicant, including any training programs intended to be conducted
    • Details of the proposed management and supervision of the swimming pool (including the qualifications and experience of proposed managers and supervisors)
    • If the applicant is not the owner of the land on which the swimming pool is situated:
      • Name, address and contact details of the owner
      • Owner's written consent to the application
  • Details of the disinfection, filtration and recirculation system to be used in the public pool
  • Details of fencing to be provided to the public pool
  • Details of facilities provided at the public pool such as number of change room and toilets.
  • You may email your application in pdf format including application form, payment details and plans to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au . Alternatively you can post it to the address on the form or drop it into the Planning and Development Department, 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich.
  • Council will assess your application within 30 business days and respond with an approval and appropriate conditions.
  • Council also recommends that you check the following for any requirements:
    • Council’s building section (07) 3810 6120
    • Council’s plumbing section (07) 3810 6130
    • Queensland Urban Utilities (07) 13 26 57.

Step 2

  • Fit out your premises in accordance with the approval given by Council.
  • Please read both the approved plans and approval conditions carefully when you receive them and carry out your fit-out including any changes that may be required.

Step 3

  • About 10 days prior to completing the fit out of the premises, complete the licence application and contact the officer nominated on the approval documents to arrange the final inspection (please indicate that it is a new licence and your design approval number that it relates to). See lodgement instructions as per Step 1. Current fees for an initial swimming pool licence are set out in the Fees and Charges Register.
  • A final inspection will be conducted to ensure the premises have been constructed in accordance with the design approval.
  • The premises must pass this inspection for the swimming pool licence to be issued.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Complaints

Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding a public swimming pool, visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.

Kennels, catteries and stables

  • Council’s Local Law No. 3 (Commercial Licensing) 2013 requires kennels, catteries and stables to hold a licence with Council.
  • Please note that prior to starting any of these businesses you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.

Application process

Step 1

Your application should include:

  • The address where the cats, dogs or horses will be kept
  • If the applicant is not the owner of the land in which the activity is to occur, a letter of consent from the owner (or their authorised agent) is to be supplied with the application. The letter must contain the owner's name, postal address and contact number
  • The maximum number of cats, dogs or horses to be kept
  • The type and location of the proposed cat, dog or horse accommodation giving consideration to the type and number of animals it is to accommodate
  • Confirmation in writing that the property where the cats, dogs or horses are to be kept has appropriate fencing to keep the animals contained
  • A sketch plan to scale showing the design of the accommodation for the adequate housing of the animals and it’s location in relation to the other buildings on the land, the property boundaries and all buildings on adjacent properties
  • If the type of proposed accommodation for the animals is not yet constructed provide proof that all required approvals for construction have been obtained
  • Council also recommends that you check the following for any requirements:
    • Council’s building section (07) 3810 6120
    • Council’s plumbing section (07) 3810 6130
    • Queensland Urban Utilities (07) 13 26 57.

Step 2

  • Complete the relevant application form and return with the fee (stables, kennels and catteries one fee for design assessment and initial licence) and information required to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Alternatively you can post it to the address on the form or hand-deliver to the Planning and Development Department, Ground Floor 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich.
  • Council will assess your application within 10 to 30 business days and respond with an approval and appropriate conditions.
  • Fit out your premises in accordance with the approval given by Council. Please read both the approved plans and approval conditions carefully when you receive them and carry out your fit-out including any changes that may be required.
  • About 10 days prior to completing the fit out of the premises contact the officer nominated on the approval documents to arrange the final inspection.
  • A final inspection will be conducted to ensure the premises have been constructed in accordance with the design approval. The premises must pass this inspection for the kennel, cattery or stables licence to be issued. If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid prior.

Step 3

  • Council will assess your application within 10 to 30 business days and respond with an approval and appropriate conditions
  • Fit out your premises in accordance with the approval given by Council
  • Please read both the approved plans and approval conditions carefully when you receive them and carry out your fit-out including any changes that may be required
  • About 10 days prior to completing the fit out of the premises contact the officer nominated on the approval documents to arrange the final inspection
  • A final inspection will be conducted to ensure the premises have been constructed in accordance with the design approval. The premises must pass this inspection for the kennel, cattery or stables licence to be issued. If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

More information

Register of Fees and Charges
Permit Application for Dogs (PDF, 367.7 KB)
Permit Application for Cats (PDF, 325.7 KB)
Permit Application for Horses (PDF, 174.0 KB)

Pet shops

  • Council’s Local Law No. 3 (Commercial Licensing) 2013 requires pet shops to obtain a licence with Council
  • Please note that aquariums (if solely an aquarium) do not require a licence under the local law
  • Please note that prior to starting a pet shop business you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use

Application process

Step 1

  • The facility must meet the requirements for the Local Law No. 3 (Commercial Licensing) 2013
  • Plans will need to be drawn up and submitted with your application
  • Please ensure that you include plans e.g. floor plan (including washing facilities, food storage areas, animal housing and waste disposal information), detailed plans etc. and an overall layout of the site
  • Complete the Pet Shop licence application kit and ensure that the details below have been included in the application for the design and return with A3 size design plans and payment of the design application fee insert link to the fees and charges
  • Details required with application:
    • Address of the pet shop
    • If the applicant is not the owner of the land on which the activity is to occur
    • the name, address and contact details of the owner
    • the written consent of the owner or their authorised agent to the application
    • the number and type of animal proposed to be kept and sold
    • the type of proposed animal housing giving consideration to the type, breed and number of animals it is to contain and if not yet constructed proof of all relevant approvals for construction
    • confirmation in writing that the premises where the animals are to be kept has appropriate fencing or structures to keep the animals contained, taking into account their breed and nature.
  • To satisfy the last item above, a layout plan of the structure including details of cages and their types, feed storage areas, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, entrances and exits should be supplied
  • Email your application in PDF format including application form, payment details and plans to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Alternatively you can post it to the address on the form or drop it into the Planning and Development Department, 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich
  • Council will assess your application within 30 business days and respond with an approval and appropriate conditions
  • Council also recommends that you check the following for any requirements:
    • Council’s building section (07) 3810 6120
    • Council’s plumbing section (07) 3810 6130
    • Queensland Urban Utilities (07) 13 26 57.

Step 2

  • Fit out your premises in accordance with the approval given by Council.
  • Please read both the approved plans and approval conditions carefully when you receive them and carry out your fit-out including any changes that may be required.

Step 3

  • About 10 days prior to completing the fit out of the premises, complete the licence application and contact the officer nominated on the approval documents to arrange the final inspection (please indicate that it is a new licence and your design approval number that it relates to). See lodgement instructions as per Step 1. Current fees for an initial pet shop licence can be found in the Register of Fees and Charges.
  • A final inspection will be conducted to ensure the premises have been constructed in accordance with the design approval - the premises must pass this inspection for the pet shop licence to be issued.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Entertainment venues

  • Council’s Local Law No. 3 (Commercial Licensing) 2013 requires certain activities that are held on a regular basis to hold an entertainment venue licence (one off events may require a Temporary Entertainment Event licence, refer to below heading).
  • Please note that prior to starting any entertainment venue business you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.
  • Entertainment venue means a place that is open to public for entertainment whether or not a charge for admission is made and whether or not the person who controls admission reserves a right to refuse admission but does not include a shop.
  • Examples of licensable venues:
    • Indoor/outdoor cinema
    • Theatre
    • Concert hall
    • Billiard saloon
    • Electronic game centre
    • Indoor sports centre (including a bowling alley)
    • Art gallery
    • Museum
    • Bazaar or flea market (non-permanent)
    • Fairground
    • Children's playground, indoor play centre, party venues
    • Gym
  • Please note this list is not exhaustive and other activities may require a licence if the venue provides entertainment for a fee.

Application process

Step 1

  • The facility must meet the requirements of the Local Law No. 3 (Commercial Licensing) 2013.
  • Plans will need to be drawn up and submitted with your application.
  • Please also confirm in writing the type of entertainment that is supplied (e.g. regular indoor entertainment) and if any outdoor entertainment is to occur, indicate on the plans the rooms/areas to be used.
  • Ensure that you include plans, e.g. floor plan, detailed plans, etc. and an overall layout of the site (e.g. provide evidence that plumbing, building etc. applications have been lodged and/or approved and the landowner gives consent to the application).
  • Please complete the General Licence application form for the design assessment and return with A3 size design plans and payment of the design application fee insert link to the fees and charges.
  • Your application should include:
    • A plan of the entertainment venue
    • Details and drawings of buildings and other structural elements of the entertainment venue
    • A detailed statement of the nature of the entertainment venue and when the entertainment venue is to be open to the public
    • If the applicant is not the owner of the entertainment venue – the written consent of the owner
    • If approval of anything to be done under the licence is require under another law – a certified copy or other appropriate evidence of the approval e.g. building, plumbing etc.
  • You may email your application in pdf format including application form, payment details and plans to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Alternatively you can post it to the address on the form or drop it into the Planning and Development Department, 45 Roderick Street, Ipswich.
  • Council will assess your application within 30 business days and respond with an approval and appropriate conditions.
  • Council also recommends that you check the following for any requirements:
    • Council’s building section (07) 3810 6120
    • Council’s plumbing section (07) 3810 6130
    • Queensland Urban Utilities (07) 13 26 57.

Step 2

  • Fit out your premises in accordance with the approval given by Council.
  • Please read both the approved plans and approval conditions carefully when you receive them and carry out your fit-out including any changes that may be required.

Step 3

  • About 10 days prior to completing the fit out of the premises, complete the licence application and contact the officer nominated on the approval documents to arrange the final inspection.
  • Current fees for an initial high risk entertainment venue (with liquor licence) are set out in the Register of Fees and Charges.
  • A final inspection will be conducted to ensure the premises have been constructed in accordance with the design approval.
  • The premises must pass this inspection for the entertainment venue licence to be issued.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Other licences

  • Your business may also require other licences depending upon your activities, e.g. if you sell alcohol a liquor licence may be required.
  • For information on liquor licensing please contact the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation on 13QGOV.
  • In order to issue the entertainment venue licence a copy of the liquor licence or evidence of the application you have made is required by Council.

Complaints

Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding an entertainment venue, visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process

Temporary entertainment events

  • Local law No. 3 (Commercial Licensing) 2013 requires any event to hold a temporary entertainment event licence
  • For events in a Council park or facility you may require a park permit
  • Plans will need to be drawn up and submitted with your application
  • You will need to provide evidence that any other required applications have been lodged and/or approved and the landowner gives consent to the application
  • Ensure that you include plans, e.g. floorplan and overall layout of the site
  • Please also confirm the type of entertainment that is supplied, e.g. if indoor entertainment, is there any outdoor entertainment occurring and indicate on the plans all rooms/areas to be used
  • Your application should include:
    • A site plan of the temporary entertainment event venue showing boundaries, all buildings and facilities as well as any applicable structures such as rides, stage, food stalls etc.
    • Details of the type and number of ablution facilities to be provided
    • Details of all structures and facilities to be erected (e.g. stage, marquees, rides etc.)
    • A detailed statement of the nature of the entertainment to be provided at the temporary entertainment event, when the event is to be open to the public and the expected maximum number of attendees
    • if the applicant is not the owner of the temporary entertainment event's venue, written consent of the owner must be supplied with the application.
  • Required event details:
    • Type of event - private, public, commercial, community
    • Operating dates of the event
    • Start time and date
    • Finish time and date
    • Bump in time
    • Bump out time
    • Estimated attendance at the event
  • Event requirement details:
    • Electricity
    • Inflatable entertainment
    • Live music /entertainment
    • Amusement rides
    • Fireworks
    • Animal farm or activity
    • Marquees/tents/stalls (size, number, pegged or unpegged)
    • Staging
    • Seating structures
    • Portable toilets
    • Rubbish bins
    • Signage
    • Tables and chairs
    • Will you be selling food to the public? See Temporary Food Business webpage.
    • Registered food vans
    • Sausage sizzle/BBQ
    • Other food stalls (specify), see Temporary Food Business webpage.
    • Will you be selling liquor to the public? If yes, will a liquor licence be required?
    • Car parking - does this site provide adequate car parking?
    • Traffic management plan
    • Emergency management plan.
  • Please complete the General licence or permit application form and return with supporting documentation and payment of the application fee.
  • You may email your application in pdf format including application form, payment details and plans to plandev@ipswich.qld.gov.au. Alternatively you can post it to the address on the form or drop it into the Planning and Development Department, Ground Floor 50 South Street Ipswich.
  • Please be aware that Council has 30 business days to process applications; please ensure that you allow sufficient time to complete this process prior to the intended festival or event.
  • A Traffic Control Permit may be required for a temporary entertainment event. Please refer to Council's Road Permit information for further details.

Other Licences

  • Your business may also require other licences depending upon your activities - e.g. if you sell alcohol a liquor licence may be required.
  • For information on liquor licensing please contact the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation on 13QGOV.
  • In order to issue the temporary entertainment event licence a copy of the liquor licence or evidence of the application you have made is required by Council.
  • If your event is in Council land you may also need a separate permit e.g. mall permit, park permit.

Environmentally relevant activities (ERAs)

  • Please note that prior to starting any business you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.
  • All new ERAs require planning approval and will be processed as part of the planning approval (see Ipswichplanning.com.au).

Commercial use of roads (footpath/roadside trading and busking)

  • Please note that prior to starting any business you must check with Council's Planning and Development Department to ensure that the land/property is suitable for your intended use.
  • Council’s Local Law No. 3 (Commercial Licences) 2013 and Local Law No. 7 (Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads) 2013 governs the use of the footpath and the road for footpath dining and roadside vending.

'Commercial activity on a local government controlled area or road' means the use of a local government controlled area or road for commercial or business purposes, including:

  • Soliciting for or carrying on the supply of goods and services (including food or drink) for profit
  • Activities promoting the supply of goods and services
  • Busking
  • Footpath dining
  • Such other activity of a commercial nature as is specified in a subordinate local law.

Footpath dining licences

  • Any chairs, tables and ancillary items associated with outdoor eating in relation to a licensable food business under the Food Act 2006 (includes businesses who have indoor tables and chairs) requires a licence in accordance with these local laws unless specifically exempted.
  • A coffee shop would be exempt if it only supplied takeaway and had no inside chairs or tables.
  • If the exemption applies the business is allowed to have a maximum of two tables with associated chairs, or chairs and benches without a table without a licence under the local law.
  • If you wish to obtain an outdoor dining licence with Council please complete the application form (see Commercial Use of Roads Licence Application Form under More Information below) with payment of the application fee and payment of per square metre of use for areas inside or outside the central traffic area (you will need to calculate the area in front of the shop to work out the total amount).
  • Please ensure your public liability insurance is $20 million and that Council is listed as an interested party.
  • Email the form to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au with the relevant attachments and payment details or send to the address on the form or visit the contact centre in the Ipswich City Mall.
  • Please be aware that Council has 30 business days to process applications.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Roadside vending licences

  • If you wish to obtain a roadside vending permit to allow you to sell food from the roadside at certain locations within Ipswich City Council boundaries then you will require a commercial use of roads licence (see Commercial Use of Roads Licence Application Form under More Information below).
  • These licences can be issued for a single month or on an annual basis.
  • If you wish to conduct this activity on a State Controlled Road then you will also require a permit from the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.
  • Please email the form to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au with the relevant attachments and payment details or send to the address on the form or come into the contact centre in the Ipswich City Mall.
  • Please be aware that Council has 30 business days to process applications.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Sale of existing footpath dining or roadside vending licences

  • The Commercial Use of Roads Licence allowing use of the footpath or road under Council’s Local Law’s is able to be transferred (see Commercial Use of Roads Licence Application Form under More Information below).
  • Please complete the form and pay the transfer fee.This is only applicable if the renewal on the existing licence has already been paid. The fees will increase after 30 June each year.
  • Please email the form to council@ipswich.qld.gov.au with the relevant attachments and payment details or send to the address on the form or visit the contact centre in the Ipswich City Mall.
  • Please be aware that Council has 30 business days to process applications so please ensure you submit your application in a timely manner prior to your settlement date.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

Busking, Commercial Hawking and Touting licence

  • The Council resolution for busking applies to all spruiking, hawking, touting and busking on local government controlled areas and roads including the mall.
  • The Bradfield Bridge and surrounds are prohibited from occupation for any activity due to safety, load capacity and impeded pedestrian movements - no permits will be issued for this area.
  • All spruiking, hawking or touting not for commercial gain is prohibited from Local Government Controlled Areas except those holding a peaceful assembly permit from the state. Examples of these types of activity include:
    • A lady would like to sell pins for the Children’s Fund. This is approved as it is an activity that is selling goods for money
    • A man wants to display the race car for a local race coming to Ipswich and tell people about it. This is approved as it is an activity promoting a commercial brand/event.
    • A lady wants to get people to sign her petition to stop elephant trade in Africa. This is prohibited as it is not for commercial gain and is defined as an act that disturbs a user’s enjoyment of the area.
    • A man wants to preach about the sins of the community. This is prohibited as it is not for commercial gain and is defined as an act that disturbs a user’s enjoyment of the area.
    • A group want to do a peaceful rally in protest of racism. This is only approved by local government when the applicant holds a permit from state under the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992.
  • Please be aware that Council has 30 business days to process applications.
  • If additional inspections are required then further inspection fees apply and must be paid by the stipulated date.

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