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Register a food business

It is a legal requirement to register a food business. This includes cafes, restaurants, hotels, retail shops, home catering businesses, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vehicles.

When should I register?

Anyone starting a new food business, or taking over an existing food business, should register their premises at least 28 days before opening.

Registration allows us to keep an up-to-date database of food premises in our area. This ensures every premises receives an inspection, and allows us to prioritise inspections depending on the size and nature of your food business.

How do I register?

You can register your food business online free of charge at GOV.UK.

Some manufacturers of products of animal origin, including dairy, meat cutting or meat or fish products may need to be specifically approved by the local authority or the Food Standards Agency, rather than submit a food business registration. 

What happens next?

We will acknowledge receipt of your application. A copy of your food registration details will also be forwarded on to Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards.

An officer from our Food and Safety Team will undertake an inspection of your premises in due course, but you don't need to wait for a visit from us before you begin trading.

Please note that some details of your food business registration, including business name, type of business and address will be held on a public register.