You are required by law to register a food business with the local authority at least 28 days before operating.
Who needs to be registered?
Businesses that want to
- Sell food
- Cook food
- Store or handle food
- Prepare food
- Deliver food
What type of business needs to register?
Buffet cars on trains
Delivery vehicles (see Mobile Food Sellers section below)
Kitchens in offices
Mobile Food Sellers - Hot dog, Ice cream vans, Sandwich delivery (See Mobile Food sellers section below)
How do I register?
First please follow the link in Related Content to the Food Standards Agency website for all the information you need to start up a new food business. The website includes a useful checklist for starting up a business.
Our new food business registration forms are available from the Related Content.
Making food in your home to sell or give away
I want to make cakes at home and sell them, or give them to my family or friends on a regular basis do I still need to register?
Yes – but only If you intend do it on a regular basis you do not need to register is you are doing this for a one off occasion or not very often.
Mobile food sellers (hot dog van, ice cream vans, sandwich deliveries and so on)
How do I register a mobile food vehicle when I do not trade from the same place?
If you use a vehicle for selling food (like an ice cream van or a burger van), and this is not connected with any permanent registered food premises, you need to register the address where the vehicle is normally kept overnight.
What If I use my vehicle to sell food like sandwiches that come from my café or sandwich shop?
If you use vehicles for selling food in connection with a permanent premises that has already been registered (like a sandwich shop or café that also sells sandwiches from the vehicle), you do not need to register those vehicles.