Food business registration
All premises that serve or sell food or drink must register regardless of whether or not the premises operate commercially, as required by Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004. Failure to register is an offence.
Registering a food business
Registration applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as market stalls and vans. You need to register with us 28 days before you start your food business. Registration is free of charge.Register a food business
Changes to your food business
Once you have registered, let us know if either of the following changes:
- the nature of the business or
- the proprietor
Starting up a new food business
Food business approval
If your business involves handling meat, fish, egg or dairy products, you must be inspected and may require approval. Gov UK have more information on when you need approval. To apply for approval complete the form and return it to us.
Operating a food business safely
For advice on producing food safely, read the Food Standards Agency's food safety advice.