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.

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 [287.57KB]


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
Register a Food Business Establishment

Additional Information

Icon for pdf Health and Safety Checklist for Mobile Catering Units [211.79KB] - download this document for temporary events, markets, stalls and mobile catering units
Icon for pdf Food Safety Act - A Guide for Businesses [287.57KB]
Icon for pdf Health and Safety Service Plan [245.99KB]
Icon for pdf Environmental Health Charges [959.1KB]
Icon for pdf Cakes and Cupcakes Guidance [21.1KB]


Contact the Environmental Health Department