Registration of premises used for a food business
(including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable
structures) is required by law.
Registration will allow local authorities to keep
an up-to-date list of all those premises in their area so they can
visit them when they need to. The frequency of the visits will
depend on the type of business.
Who needs to register?
If you run a food business for 5 or more days in
any 5 consecutive weeks, you must tell (or arrange for someone else
to tell) the local authority about any premises you use for
storing, selling, distributing or preparing food. Food premises
includes restaurants, hotels, cafes, shops, supermarkets, staff
canteens, kitchens in offices, warehouses, guest houses, delivery
vehicles, buffet cars on trains, market and other stalls, hot dog
and ice cream vans, etc.
If you use vehicles for your food business in
connection with permanent premises such as a shop, or warehouse,
you only need to tell the local authority 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
the authority where they are normally kept.
Anyone starting a new food business must register
with the local authority at least 28 days before doing so.
The majority of premises have to be registered.
However, certain premises are exempt from registration, e.g., some
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 your local authority if you think you might be exempt.
How do I register?
By visiting the New Food
Business pages of our Environmental Health section and
filling in one of our forms. Registration cannot be refused
and there is no charge. The registration form must be sent to your
local authority. If the form is sent to the wrong address, your
application will not take effect until it is received at the proper
place. If you use premises in more than one local authority area,
you must register with each authority separately.
You must tick all the boxes which apply to your
business, answer all the questions and give all the information
requested. Seasonal businesses operating for a certain period each
year should give the dates between which they will be open in
answer to question
If you have any questions, we will help you. It
is an offence to give information which you know is false.
What happens to the information given on the form?
The local authority will enter the details on its
Register. A register of addresses and the type of business carried
on at these will be open to inspection by the general public.
Records of the other information provided will not be publicly
available and will not be disclosed outside of the Council, Local
Government Departments and Government Agencies. The details will by
used for the purpose of registration, enforcement and the
protection of public funds.
What about changes?
Once you have registered with the local
authority, you only need to notify them 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.
Tel: 01909 533171
Last Updated - 02/08/2011