Register your food business

You are required by law to register your food business 28 days before you open.

This applies to most types of food business, including cafes, restaurants, catering business run from home, mobile or temporary premises such as stalls and vans, and catering business operating in village halls or conference centres.

If you use two or more premises, you will need to register all of them.

When should I register?

You must register your business with us at least 28 days before you open

It’s free to register.

If you use premises in more than one Local Authority you must register with each authority separately.



Some activities require prior approval to operate.

Childminding businesses

If you are setting up a childminding business and you will be providing food as part of your service, please see information on how you register.

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