Permits for mobile food/coffee vans

You must apply for a permit if you want to operate a mobile food/coffee van in a park or reserve in the Northern Territory (NT).

There are five types of permits available:

  • single event permit – issued for a single occasion
  • three months permit – issued for weekly operations for the duration three months
  • six months permit – issued for weekly operations for the duration of six months
  • annual permit – issued for weekly operations over the course of 12 months
  • multi-year permit up to a maximum of three years.

Who can apply

To apply for a permit your business must:

  • only sell food and/or drinks only
    • no alcohol permitted
  • have a registered business name, Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered with the NT Department of Health
  • be self-sufficient with power, water supplies and waste
  • have public and product liability insurance for at least $10 million
  • show a public need for this service.

What you need

You must include the following in your application:

  • detailed site plan of the proposed location
  • type of mobile food/coffee van, include a photograph
  • how you will be self-sufficient with power and water
  • proposed generator use, where required
  • operating days and times.

How to apply

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1. Read the policy mobile food/coffee vans on parks and reserves policy and guidelines PDF (902.7 KB).

Step 2. Fill in the application.

Mobile food/coffee van application PDF (291.2 KB)
Mobile food/coffee van application DOCX (173.9 KB)

Step 3. Email your completed application to pwpermits@nt.gov.au.

Permit fees

How much your fee will be depends on the area you operate in.

Urban is within 30km radius of a city or town.

Remote is outside 30km radius of a city or town.

Read below for permit costs.

Permit Type Urban Remote
Single event $50 $50
Three months $800 $200
Six months $1,500 $400
Annual $3,000 $600
Multi-year – two years $4,500 $1,000
Multi-year –three years $6,000 $2,000

A security deposit of $1,000 applies to each permit, in addition to permit fees.

Contacts

Parks and Wildlife Division            
Jape Homemaker Village
Level 1 JHV2 356 Bagot Road
MILLNER  NT  0810

Postal address
PO Box 496
PALMERSTON  NT  0831

T: 08 8999 4814
F: 08 8999 4524

pwpermits@nt.gov.au


Last updated: 30 June 2022

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