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Registering a food business.

Registering a food business.

Food businesses must register with their local council under Article 6 of EC Regulation 852/2004. This includes:

  • market stalls

  • catering businesses run from home

  • delivery vehicles and mobile premises such as burger vans

  • food warehouses

There are no specific exemptions from this requirement, however, if you are unsure if you need to register, we advise that you do so. You need to register if:

  • your business takes place on a regular or frequent basis

  • you use vehicles for your food business in connection with permanent premises, such as a shop or warehouse (you do not need to register each vehicle separately)

  • you are starting a new food business. You must register with the council at least 28 days before opening the business.

  • there is a change of ownership or address. You must register within 28 days of the change.

There is no charge to register a food business but failure to do so is an offence.

You must also inform us if:

  • there has been any significant change in your activities

  • the business closes/stops trading

The name and address of the business and the type of business will be put onto a register that is open to inspection by the public. All other information is confidential and will not be publicly available.

If you require further information please contact the Food and Safety Team.

Register a Food Business Online

Alternatively, you can download the Food Business Registration form [PDF, 31Kb].

Advice and information on starting a food business can found at the Food Standards Agency website.

If you are starting up a new food business or taking on an existing food business why not get yourself off to the best possible start by registering for the Food Safety Business Advice Service.

Register for Food Safety Business Advice


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Contact details

Food and Safety Team


01724 297561   

Fax: 01724 297895

Environmental Health - Commercial
Church Square House
PO Box 42
DN15 6XQ

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 01/05/2018