Starting a food business

All food businesses are required by law to register with their Local Food Authority at least 28 days prior to trading.


There are revisions to this service due to Coronavirus. Please see the current updates on the Food safety page. 


For a summary of regulations relating to this licence, read the Food Standards Agency guide:

Icon for pdf The Food Safety Act 1990 - A Guide for Food Businesses [566.89KB]


Use the links below to register your business and for information on running various types of  Food Business Establishment

Register online to run a Food Business Establishment

Mobile Caterers

Home Catering


The council also offers the CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (formerly the Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene) approved by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health:

Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering


Go straight to our other related services

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
"TuckIn" Scheme for Local Takeaways

Additional Information

Icon for pdf Health and Safety Checklist for Mobile Catering Units [318.88KB] - download this document for temporary events, markets, stalls and mobile catering units
Icon for pdf Food Safety Act - A Guide for Businesses [566.89KB]
Icon for pdf Health and Safety Service Plan [357.81KB]
Environmental Health fees and charges
Icon for pdf Cakes and Cupcakes Guidance [191.81KB]