If you are planning to open a new food business, or take over an existing business as the new food business operator, you will need to register the business with us.
All food businesses/operations are required to register. However, there is only a need to register if high risk foods are being handled and the provision of food occurs more than once a month. High risk food includes food which is served hot or requires temperature control in order to remain safe to eat.
You also need to register if you are a food broker. Food Brokers sell food products from various producers and manufacturers to other wholesale and retail food businesses. Check if you are a food broker.
All types of food business have a legal requirement to register at least 28 days before opening. It is free to register the business.
Once you have registered with us, as long as you can produce food safely, you can start trading. You do not have to wait until you have been inspected.
Certain types of food businesses that produce dairy products, meat products, fishery products, egg products, minced meat or meat preparation may require a different type of registration, called ‘Approval’.
If you think that your new food business falls into this category, you must contact the Food Safety Team as soon as possible – food businesses that require 'Approval' cannot start trading until approval has been granted.
If you think that your business will require approval, you should complete the approval form online.
If you need to amend details of an existing approved premises, please complete the online form.
When setting up a new food business you may also wish to contact one or more of the following for further information: