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Register a food business

Why register?

All food businesses that prepare, sell, store, cook foods and drinks need to register with us as a food business, this is a legal requirement and must be done 28 days before the business opens, registering a business is totally free.

Examples of Food Premises include: restaurants, hotels, cafes, shops, takeaways, public houses, clubs, supermarkets, staff canteens, warehouses, cake makers, child minders, guest houses, market and other stalls, hot dog, ice cream vans among others.

How can I register?

You can register by filling out an online food registration form.

Please note if you are trading in more than one Local Borough you will need to register with each one separately, for example a burger van may trade in Sittingbourne, Gillingham and Herne Bay - this means you would need to register with Swale Borough Council, Medway Council and Canterbury City Council.

Changes in the business?

Once registered, you will need to tell us of any; changes to the business, Food Business Operator (Owner, Manager for chain stores, Landlord for public houses), type of business or address as soon as possible. New Food Business Operators will need to register themselves.

The information we collect is entered onto a public register. Details of the address and nature of the business are public records. Other general information about your business may be requested under the freedom of information act 2000.

Food premises approval

How to apply?

If you operate a food business which handles meat, fish, egg or dairy products you will need to be inspected and approved by your local authority. If you only sell direct to the final consumer then you do not need to be approved. Approval will be required before starting the business and must be applied for well in advance of your proposed start date. You are advised to contact our Environmental Health team for advice prior to completing the food premises approval application form. For further information on applying for a food premises licence or gaining approval visit GOV.UK.

The Information we collect is entered on a public register. Details of the address and nature of the business are public record. Other general information about your business may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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