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Register your food business

All food businesses need to be registered before starting any food operations.

The law requires that food business operators must register their establishments (ie each separate unit of their food business that carries out any of the stages of production, processing and distribution of food) with the appropriate local authority at least 28 days before commencing food operations. The legal requirement to register is found in Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs.

Food premises include restaurants, hotels, cafés, shops, supermarkets, staff canteens, kitchens in offices, warehouses, guest houses, delivery vehicles, buffet cars on trains, market and other stalls, hot dog and ice cream vans, etc.

If you operate food business establishments in more than one local authority area, you must register each establishment with each authority separately. Moveable establishments such as ice cream vans, burger vans etc should be registered by the food business operator with the local authority in whose area the vehicle is normally kept.

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Certain food activities are exempt from registration, because the EC Regulation does not apply to them. These include:

  • Growing or producing food for private domestic use, for example keeping hens to supply eggs to your own family
  • The domestic preparation, handling or storage of food for private domestic consumption

If in doubt about whether or not to register please contact the food safety team.

How to apply

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Register your food business

You must complete the application form in full. There is no fee to pay.

What happens next

When we receive your registration we will contact you with some new business advice. An un-announced inspection of your premises will take place in due course.

What happens if I close the food business or change how I operate?

You must ensure that we always have up to date information on your food business establishments and must notify us of any significant changes of activity, or closure. Such notifications should be made, preferably in writing and before the changes occur, and in any event no later than 28 days after the change has occurred.

Notification of a change to the operator of a food business establishment should be made by the new business operator.

What happens to the information given on the form?

Information provided on the form will be stored on a database in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

We are required to keep a list of all food business establishments registered with us. This list is available for inspection by the general public at all reasonable times. The list contains the following information about each food business:

  • Name of the food business
  • Address of the food business establishment
  • Particulars and nature of the food business

We may also give or send a copy of our list or any entry on it to any person who makes a request for such information.


Tacit consent

We have a target completion period of 5 days for this notice. We aim to acknowledge your application and to begin processing it within this period. If you have not heard from us by the end of this period you will be able to act as though your application is granted.

Please note that this target period only begins on receipt of a complete application including any supporting documents


We hold a public register of all registered food businesses. To view the register please contact Food and safety to arrange a time. The register is only available to view during office hours.


If you have any problems with your application or would like more information then please contact us on 01792 635600 or email

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