UK law requires registration of establishments used for a food business (including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable structures).
Registration allows local authorities to keep an up-to-date list of all those establishments in their area so they can visit them when they need to. The frequency of the visits will depend on the type of business.
All relevant sections of this form should be completed by food business operators in respect of new food business establishments and submitted to the relevant food authority 28 days before commencing food operations. On the basis of the activities carried out, certain food business establishments are required to be approved rather than registered.
If you use premises in more than one local authority area, you must register with each authority separately.
You can also download a copy of the registration form at the bottom of this page. There is no charge for registration.
We will enter the details of your food business on our register. A register of addresses and the type of business carried on at each will be open to inspection by the general public. Records of the other information provided will not be publicly available.
Once you have registered with the council you only need notify us of a change of proprietor, if the nature of the business changes, or if there is a change of the address at which moveable premises are kept. The new proprietor will have to complete an application form.
If the local authority wishes to change the entry in the register because of information which it receives from someone else you will be given 28 days notice and an opportunity to comment on the proposed change.
These notes are provided for information only and should not be regarded as a complete statement of the law.
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