Registration of Food Business Premises
What is Registration?
Food businesses are required by law to register their premises
(including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable
structures). Registration allows us to keep an up-to-date list of
all the premises in our area so we can visit them when we need to.
The frequency of the visits will depend on the type of business and
the standards of hygiene.
Who Needs to Register?
If you run a food business you must tell us about any premises
you use for;
- distributing or
- preparing food or drinks.
Food premises includes;
- staff canteens,
- kitchens in offices,
- guest houses,
- delivery vehicles,
- buffet cars on trains,
- market and other stalls such as hot dog and ice cream vans,
- Private houses used for a food business
Charity and Voluntary Organisations
Charities or voluntary organisations also need to register if
they are providing food or drink to the public.
Mobile Food Premises
You are required by law to register your mobile food
premises with the local authority in which your vehicle is normally
kept. If you use vehicles for your food business in
connection with permanent premises such as a shop, or warehouse,
you need only register the premises and not each vehicle. But
we will need to know how many vehicles you are using.
There is no fee payable to register a food business.
How to Register?
Anyone starting a new food business must register with the
Council at least 28 days before doing
You can register your food business online via GOV.UK.
Or you may print out and complete the
Food Premises Registration Form (PDF, 41KB) and send it to
the address stated on the form.
If you have premises in more than one local authority area, you
must register with each authority separately.
Changes to Your Business
Once you have registered you must notify us of
any changes such as change of Food Business Operator, change of
nature of the business, change of address at which moveable
premises are kept, etc.
You can do this online via the Business Link
Electronic Licence Management System.
Online notification of change to food premises.
Approval of Premises
If you intend to manufacture, process, produce or handle
products of animal origin and supply to
other food establishments your operations may require
Approval rather than Registration. If you are
unsure whether any aspect of your food operations would require
approval, please contact us using the details at the top left of
Other Useful Organisations
Food Standards Agency