Food business registration

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises you need to be registered with the local authority. A registration service is provided by our Environmental Health Safety Team.

Premises include:

  • Restaurants
  • CafesWere Open
  • Hotels
  • Shops
  • Canteens
  • Market stalls
  • Mobile catering vans
  • Food delivery vans
  • Pubs and Clubs

Food business registration form

If you are registering a new food business then you must complete a Food Premises Registration Form. You need to register at least 28 days before you start any food preparation.

If you require assistance or if you need to update your contact details then please contact our Environmental Health Safety Team at

As a food business, you and your staff need to have good personal hygiene. Safer Food, Better Business advice packs includes information on how to make sure both your staff and the food you serve are safe.

Please contact Offsted if you would like to register as a childcare provider.


Some businesses that manufacture or handle products of animal origin may need approval under EC Regulation 853/2004 by the local authority or the Food Standards Agency.

Examples of premises that may require approval by the local authority include:

  • Meat processing operations
  • Meat preparation plants
  • Cold stores
  • Grading or packing of eggs

The Foods Standards Agency also approves some types of these businesses. If you'd like to discuss this in more detail then please contact the Environmental Health Safety Team 01530 45 45 45.

Unsure whether you need to register?

If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be registered or requires approval please contact the Environmental Health Safety Team on 01530 454545.

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