If you are planning on starting a new food business or taking over an existing food business you must register the business with us at least 28 days before you open. Registration is free and only needs to be done once unless there are any changes to your business. You will need to download the form, complete and return it to us by post or electronically.
Do all businesses need to register?
If your business involves any of the following you will need to register the business with us:
- Selling food
- Cooking food
- Storing or handling food
- Preparing food
- Distributing food
If your business only prepares a limited amount of food or is only holding a one off event you may not have to register. If you think this applies to your business please contact us for further advice.
If you are manufacturing or processing meat, dairy, eggs or fish products which are not being sold to the final consumer you may need approval, for further information see Approved Premises.
What happens once I have registered?
Once we have received your food registration form we will write to you to confirm your business has been placed on the food business register. Part of the register is open to the public but your personal information will be kept confidential.
Once your business is on the food business register you will be subject to food safety and hygiene inspections, in accordance with our inspection programme.
For more information on what to expect at the inspection, along with the frequency of the inspections, see Food hygiene inspections.
You do not have to wait for your first inspection. Once you have registered you can start to trade as long as you comply with food hygiene laws.
What if there are changes to my business?
If you decide to sell or close your food business you will need to inform us.
You must also notify us if there is any changes to the business such as:
- the name of the business
- the owner of the business
- the business activity
- the type of food you are selling
- if any of your contact details have changed
You may need to complete a new New food business registration form, this is a free process and you will not be charged.
The Food and Safety Team is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy when you use our services. Please view our Food and Safety Team Privacy Notices for further information, printed copies are available on request.