mobile or temporary premises, such as market stalls and vans
The Nationwide Caterers Association can provide mobile and temporary premises with good advice, training and documentation on, for example, assisting with the completion of SFBB packs.
Occasional home bakers, seasonal jam and preserves makers and people catering for one off events are not required to be registered as food businesses. Where small amounts of food are produced on an occasional basis and where a minimum level of organisation is required you are not required to be registered as food businesses. The Food Standards Agency provides advice on providing food at community and charity events (opens new window).
Business that do not need registration must still produce safe food.
Please note: We aim to process food business registrations within 28 calendar days.
Food premises approval
Food premises approval may be required if you produce or handle products of animal origin, for example meat, which are then supplied to other food businesses. This is a requirement of retained European law in Community Directive 853/2004. In general, the following types of food businesses will require approval:
food manufacturers producing products of animal origin
home caterers selling products of animal origin to other businesses
central production kitchens that supply catering establishments or retailers
stand-alone cold stores
establishments that pack or wrap (or repack or re-wrap) products of animal origin such as meat fish dairy or egg products.