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Applying for approval of a meat or food establishment

Applying for approval of a food or meat establishment by a local authority

How to apply for approval by a local authority, approval process and right to appeal.

Last updated: 16 May 2022

List of establishments approved by a local authority

If you think you may need approval, please contact your local authority before applying.

When you don’t need to apply for approval

There are some exemptions from the requirement to be approved by a local authority, including:

  • you only sell direct to the public
  • you are a retail business supplying products of animal origin to other businesses (including caterers) on a marginalised, localised and restricted basis

Additionally, there may be an exemption available depending on the extent to which you wish to supply food of animal origin to other businesses. You should contact your local authority to determine whether you could claim such an exemption from the need for approval.

If a food business is exempted from the requirement to be approved, you must register your food business with the local authority at least 28 days before opening. If you are already trading and have not registered, you need to do so as soon as possible.

You must still follow the rules for controlling the temperature and storage of any food you transport.

Apply for approval by a local authority

Approval assessment

To obtain approval, establishments will have to meet all of the relevant requirements of:

You cannot start trading before receiving approval. You must not commence any business activity which requires approval unless you have received conditional or full approval for your proposed activity from the local authority. If you start trading without approval, it is an offence which may lead to prosecution.

Once approved, details of the premises together with information relating to types of foods produced are added to the list of approved establishments.

Right of appeal

You have a right to appeal a decision made by the local authority that has refused to grant an approval.

You can appeal against that decision to the relevant court and must submit an appeal one month from the date when you were notified of the decision.

List of approved food establishments