Register my food business

It’s free to register your food business with us and it should be done 28 days before the opening. This gives us time to come and visit the business and make sure it meets food safety standard. If you’re setting up a new business you should check should check that you don’t need planning permission.

Register your business online

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Does my business require approval?

Your food business may require approval if you intend to use "unprocessed products of animal origin" e.g. fresh meat, raw minced meat, raw milk, eggs to produce any, or a combination of the following:

  • Minced meat
  • Meat preparations
  • Mechanically separated meat
  • Meat products
  • Live Bi Valve Molluscs
  • Fishery products
  • Raw milk (other than raw cows' milk)
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs (not primary production)
  • Egg products
  • Frogs legs and snails
  • Rendered animal fats and greaves
  • Treated stomachs, bladders and intestines
  • Gelatine and collagen
  • Certain cold stores
  • Certain wholesale markets

If you’re thinking of setting up an approved food premises talk to us to discuss the proposals. We’ll be able to help you with the approval application process and discuss relevant technical food (and health and safety) aspects with you. You can contact us at or 0115 901 3974