Register a new food business

If you run a food business, you must register the food establishment with us at least 28 days before the business starts trading or the food operations commence. This applies to any premises used for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food.

Premises include:

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Cafés
  • Hotels
  • Shops
  • Canteens
  • Care homes
  • Nurseries
  • Market stalls
  • Mobile catering vans
  • Food delivery vans

Following successful registration, you will receive confirmation with a reference number via email and your business is then permitted to start trading.

A registered food business must ensure any significant changes of the food activities and changes to the details previously supplied are promptly communicated to the council’s health and environmental protection team. A change of ownership or address will require a new registration.

Once registered you will receive confirmation with reference number via email.

If you use your home for a food business you must also register although specific requirements apply to child-minders.

Your premises may need approving by us or the Food Standards Agency if you supply other businesses with

  • meat
  • dairy
  • fish
  • egg products