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 includes restaurants, takeaways, hotels, cafes, shops, supermarkets, staff canteens, schools, hospitals, guest houses, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans.
Anyone starting a new food business or taking over an existing business must register with us at least 28 days before opening.
Certain types of food premise, generally manufacturers of products of animal origin are subject to product specific regulations and need to be approved, rather than registered. Click here for further details on approved premises.
How to Register
You can register by completing a Food Registration Form PDF, 403.71 KB. Registration is free of charge and cannot be refused. You must tick all the boxes which apply to your business and give all the information requested. It is an offence to give information which you know is false.
If you use premises in more than one Local Authority area, you must register with each Authority separately.
Once we receive your registration form the details will be entered onto our database. A register of food businesses is kept and is available to the general public on request. The register only contains details of the name, address and type of food business. The information on the rest of the form is not publicly available.
Once registered the business will be inspected by one of the Food Safety Officers. The visit will generally be unannounced and in the majority of cases the business will be rated as part of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. You do not have to wait to be inspected before you can start trading.
You Must Inform Us of Any Changes
After the form has been submitted you must advise us of any significant changes or if the business closes. It is the responsibility of the new proprietor to register the business with us by submitting a new food registration form.
For further advise Online: Online form or call 01322 343434