Food hygiene and health and safety
The environmental health service enforces food safety and, together with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), health and safety legislation.
Starting a new food business
We can help you start up; develop or expand your business.
Register a food business
All businesses that sell, distribute, prepare or store food must be registered. Find out how to register your food business with us for free before you open.
Food hygiene rating scheme
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by telling them how seriously the business takes their food hygiene standards. Each business is given a hygiene rating when it is inspected by one of our food safety officers.
Food safety management
If you are running a food business you are legally required to have an approved documented food safety management system in place.
Allergen information requirements
Food businesses must provide information to customers who need to avoid certain ingredients because of a food allergy or intolerance.
Find out about our low-cost training courses.
Inspection, investigation and enforcement
Officers carry out unannounced inspections and regularly investigate food poisoning incidents, accidents and complaints. They have wide ranging powers to stop dangerous practices or secure improvements.
Cooling Tower register
Businesses in the District with cooling towers or evaporative condensers are required to register.
Food Hazard Information
The Food Standards Agency issues warnings about general and specific food safety hazards.