Food premises registration and approval of food premises
Regulation EC No 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs Article 6(2) requires food businesses to be registered with the local authority in which they are situated (this includes market stalls, delivery vehicles and mobile food vehicles).
In the instance of a mobile premises, the food business operator must register the vehicle with the local authority in the area where the vehicle is stored.
The purpose of registration is to provide the council with information about food businesses in order to carry out effectively its statutory functions.
A food business must be an ‘undertaking’; any handling, preparing, storing or serving of food occasionally and on a small scale is not deemed to be an undertaking and would therefore not be required to register. For more information on registration requirements please visit the
Other food premises requiring approval
Certain types of food businesses on the basis of their activities need to be approved under Regulation EC No 853/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs, rather than registered, including those producing the following foods:
meat and meat products
milk and dairy products
- fish and fish products
Food business operators whose establishments may require approval should contact us
Applying for the registration of a food premises
Please complete the appropriate application form at least 28 days before the opening of the business.
Apply online via the GOV.UK website
If you have any queries in relation to completing the form do not hesitate to contact us.
We can help ensure that the business complies with the requirements of the
Food Hygiene England Regulations 2006. Advice packs and visits are available on request.
The premises may be subject to a visit prior to opening and thereafter at intervals in accordance with our inspection programme.
Guide to Starting a food business