Who needs to register?
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:
- any food business running for five or more days, over five consecutive weeks
- at least 28 days before opening
Food businesses with vehicles
If your business uses vehicles and you have a permanent premises (e.g. shop or warehouse), you need to tell us the number of vehicles. You don’t need to register each vehicle separately.
If you have vehicles but no permanent premises, you must tell us where they are normally kept.
Who doesn’t need to register
Some premises might be exempt and don’t need registering, such as:
- those already approved for food law purposes
- agricultural premises
- tents and marquees (not stalls)
- domestic premises
- village halls
Call Food Safety on 0207 974 4444 if you think you might be exempt.