When you start a new food business, or take over an existing business, you must register with your local authority. You should do this at least 28 days before you start trading.
Registration is required regardless of where a business operates from in the UK. This includes food businesses trading from physical customer-facing premises, from home, a mobile unit or temporary premises such as a stall of van, or through online or distance selling
Registration of your food business is free and can’t be refused. If you are already trading and have not registered yet, you need to register as soon as possible as this is a legal requirement.
Support for new food businesses
Those intending to start a food business, or change a business’s operations, must first consider a number of actions to ensure food hygiene and safety standards are met.
We have guidance to help food businesses through this process, with information on how to:
- set up a food business and choose appropriate premises
- start a food business from home
- sell food online
- change or diversify business models.