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Food business registration and new food business advice

Starting a new food business

This information is designed to help you understand your legal responsibilities and help you get your business off to a good start. The following legislation will apply:

  • Assimilated Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
  • Assimilated EC Regulation 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs

In some circumstances the following legislation may also apply:

  • Assimilated EC Regulation 853/2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin

Food business registration

Anyone starting a new food business must register with the local authority at least 28 days before they commence trading. The 28 days allows the Food and Safety Team to risk assess the proposed business, provide advice and where necessary visit. If you wish to trade before the 28 days has elapsed, you should first speak to the Food and Safety team to ensure no special restrictions apply.

Registration is not a 'licence' and does not indicate compliance with food safety law. 
Registration cannot be refused.

*(Article (6) of EC Regulation 852/2004 (opens new window))

Register a new food business

Please read the guidance before completing your form.

If you take over an existing food business, you will need to register that business again in your name to notify this change in ownership.  If you have an existing food business, but your details or business model  have changed, please see 'Changes in your food business details'.

Approved premises

Approved premises application (PDF) [205KB] (opens new window)  

If you are unable to download this application form/document or require a paper version please contact us on 0300 456 0107 or email at (opens new window) and we will  contact you to assist you with your application.

Food business registration form

Register your food business

Please read the guidance before completing your form.

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