Register a food business

When you start a new food business or take over an existing business, you must register with your local authority. You should do this at least 28 days before trading or before food operations start.

Your registration will be sent to the correct local authority based on your trading location.

During this registration, you may come across a few specialist terms, which we have described below:

Food business operator

The operator is the person, charity or company who makes the decisions about the food business, what it serves and how it operates.

Establishment

The establishment is the location or site of your food business. If it is a mobile food business, please use the location where it is normally stored overnight.