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Food premises registration

Anyone starting a food business must register their premises with the council.

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All new food business establishments must register with the Food, Health and Safety team at least 28 days before starting food operations.

Registration applies to most businesses that store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises, including:

  • restaurants
  • pubs
  • bars
  • cafes
  • hotels
  • shops
  • chemists
  • newsagents
  • canteens
  • market stalls
  • nurseries
  • freight companies
  • catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as stalls and vans

Licence laws

What you need to know before applying


If you use two or more premises, you will need to register all of them.

If food premises are used by several catering businesses (for example, a village hall or conference centre), the person who allows the premises to be used for this purpose is responsible for registering them.

The council will keep a record of the information from the registration. Some information will be available to the public on written request. Information will only be given out about the address and type of food business.


There are no specific exemptions for food businesses from the need to be registered. Registration is not required, if food is being handled at a one off event or if food is prepared occasionally for coffee mornings or charity functions, for example.

The law says that to be considered a food business, there needs to be a certain continuity of activities and a certain degree of organisation.

Duration of the Licence

Registration does not need to be renewed.

Changes to your registration

You should notify the council of any changes to the details previously supplied, such as eg a change of food business operator or a change to the activities carried out in relation to the food or the closure of the business.

Fees and charges

There is no charge for registration.

Register your business now 

Target completion period


Processing Times

Tacit Consent

Registration of a food business establishment 

28 calendar days


Application to change a food premises registration

28 calendar days


What happens if your application is not processed by the local authority within the timescales stated?

Tacit consent​ applies. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the Local Authority by the end of the target completion period. If we have not contacted you, please get in touch with us by contacting the Food, Health and Safety team.

Please note, that tacit consent will only apply for applications that you submit electronically or when your business can show proof of delivery from a post office or recognised courier.

Offences and penalties

It is an offence to give false or incomplete information.

Complaints about registered food premises

If you have a problem with a registered food premises, we recommend you contact the business directly to try to resolve the dispute. If this is not successful then the Food, Health and Safety team may be able to help or contact Citizens Advice consumer service, or the UK European Consumer Centre if you live outside the UK.

Other redress

Should you need to complain about, for example, noise, or should one licence holder have cause to complain about another, please contact the council's contact centre in the first instance.

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