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Register a food business

All food businesses that regularly produce or serve food to the public need to be registered with their Local Authority. This service will send your registration to the correct local authority based on your trading location.

Food businesses should only register 28 days before they begin trading. If you are not sure when this food business will open, it may be too early to be registering this business.

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.


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.

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