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Food business registration

Who needs to register?

If you run a food business you must tell us about any premises you use for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food.  Food premises include restaurants, hotels, cafes, 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 use vehicles for your food business in connection with permanent premises such as a shop, or warehouse, you only need to tell us how many vehicles you have.  You do not need to register each vehicle separately.  If you have one or more vehicles but no permanent premises, you must tell us where they are normally kept.

Anyone starting a new food business must register at least 28 days before commencing operation.

Public register

Details from application forms will appear in a public register- see below for links.

Multi food business sites

Sites will exist on which there are two or more food business establishments under the control of the same business operator.  For example, in the case of a shopping centre in which there are two or more food business establishments under the control of the same business operator, such operators must ensure that each establishment under their control is registered separately.  Food business operators should therefore complete a registration form for each separate establishment.

Sites will also exist on which there are two or more food business establishments under the control of different food business operators.  For example, a supermarket may have a coffee shop on site under the control of a different food business operator such as a coffee shop chain.  In such cases the coffee shop will not be covered by the supermarket registration and must be registered in it's own right by its operator.  Coffee shops, snack bars etc. operated by the supermarket itself would be covered as part of the supermarket's registration.

Changes to registration/licence

Once you have registered you only need to notify us of a change of food business operator.  If the nature of the business changes, or if there is a change of address at which moveable premises are kept, the new food business operator will have to complete an application form.

Last updated Friday, 5th February 2016

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