Food business registration

You must register your business if you store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises. Businesses include restaurants; cafes; hotels; shops; canteens; market stalls; mobile catering vans; and food delivery vans.

It is a legal requirement to register your business with the council at least 28 days before opening or taking ownership. 

Registration is free of charge. The details will be entered onto our register and certain details, such as type of business, address and telephone number, will be available for public inspection. Other information provided will not be publicly available.

Once you have registered, you will need to notify us if there is a change of ownership or change in the nature of the business.

How to register a food business

Register a food business at GOV.UK

Approving a food business

Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by us or the Meat Hygiene Service, rather than registered. Contact us if you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered.