Food Premises Registration
To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises you need to be registered with the local authority. Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans. Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by the local authority or the meat hygiene service, rather than registered.
If you run a food business for five or more days in any five consecutive weeks, you must tell (or arrange for someone else to tell) us about any premises you use for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food. Food premises includes:
- Staff canteens
- Kitchens in offices
- Guest houses
- Delivery vehicles
- Buffet cars on trains
- Market and other stalls
- Hot dog and ice cream vans
If you use vehicles for your food business in connection with permanent premises such as a shop, or warehouse, you only need to tell us how many vehicles you have. You do not need to register each vehicle separately. If you have one or more vehicles but no permanent premises, you must tell us where they are normally kept.
Anyone starting a new food business must register with us at least 28 days before doing so.
The majority of premises have to be registered. However, certain premises are exempt from registration, such as those which are already registered for food law purposes, certain agricultural premises, motor cars, tents and marquees (but not stalls), some domestic premises and some village halls. You should contact us if you think you might be exempt.
Application evaluation process
No provision in legislation.
- No fee is required
- Apply for registration of a food business establishment
- Application to change a food premises registration
Apply by post
This page was last updated: 26 September 2017