Operating a business, hobby or occupation from your residential premises is defined as a 'home based activity' or 'home occupation' in Springfield under the Ipswich Planning Scheme and 'home based business' under the Ripley Valley Urban Development Area Development Scheme (RVUDADS).
For more information on requirements and the 'self-assessable activity' checklist view the fact sheet.
There are two licensing options when making food for sale from home, using your own (domestic) existing kitchen or when your domestic kitchen cannot be used.
Potentially hazardous foods are foods that require certain time and temperature control to stop bacteria from growing and prevent food poisoning. Examples of potentially hazardous foods include:
Potentially hazardous foods are defined under Chapter 3 of the Food Standards Code as food that has to be kept at certain temperatures to minimise the growth of any pathogenic microorganisms that may be present in the food or to prevent the formation of toxins in the food.
Examples of non-potentially hazardous foods and activities that can be handled in a home kitchen include:
Domestic kitchens will only be approved if the business produces non potentially hazardous foods.
If you wish to produce bakery products that are potentially hazardous (finished products need refrigeration or hot holding for safety reasons) then a separate kitchen would need to be fitted out in order for the food licence to be obtained. Examples of other locations where a normal food business licence activity could be set up include:
The process of applying for a home based food business licence application is the same as any other fixed food premises application – please refer to the new business and renovations page for further information.
Any packaged food that is manufactured from home must meet certain labelling requirements. Food labelling is administered by Queensland Health - contact them on 13 Health (13 43 25 84) for further information.