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Contact the council to register your business if you want to carry out any ‘food operations’.

Food operations include:

  • selling food
  • cooking food
  • storing or handling food
  • preparing food
  • distributing food


You must register every premises where you carry out food operations, including your home, and mobile or temporary premises such as stalls and vans.

If you make, prepare or handle food that comes from animals, for example meat or dairy products, other than for direct sale to the consumer, your premises may need to be approved by the council before you can undertake the activity.

Check the Food Premises Approval sections if you think that this applies to you:

If you are approved you don’t need to register as well.

How to apply

Contact the council to register your premises.

You must register at least 28 days before you start any food operations.

It doesn’t cost anything to register and your registration can’t be refused.

Fines and penalties

You may be fined, imprisoned for up to 2 years or both if you run a food business without registering.

Further helpful information on starting up a new food business is available from the Food Standards Agency website