Starting A New Food Business

Starting a New Food Business

The following information is designed to help you understand your legal duties and help you start your new business


Planning Permission/ Building Control

If the premises is new or if you are altering existing premises you may need planning permission from the local planning office and approval from the Councils Building Control you are advised to contact them for advice.



Details can be downloaded from the our website:

Food Registration page


Food Hygiene Requirements

You should seek advice from the Food Team before starting work. Your Environmental Health Officer will be able to give you advice on the design of catering premises, food hygiene training and advice on food safety.


Food Hygiene Training

Details are available from our website:


New Business Checklist
  • Have you registered your Food Business?
  • Do the design and construction of your premises meet legal requirements?
  • Do you staff understand the principles of good food hygiene?
  • Have you put food safety management procedures in place and are you making regular checks to ensure they are working?
  • Do you have a refuse collection service?
  • Have you considered Health and Safety and Fire Regulations?
  • Have you registered as self employed?
  • Do you need to register for VAT?
  • Do you describe your Food and Drink accurately?
  • Do you need to apply for a licence to sell alcohol, for entertainment or selling food in the street?


Further information is available from:
Download A Safe Start For Food Businesses

A Safe Start For Food Businesses

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Further Advice:


Starting Up: Your First Steps To Running A Catering Business

Starting Up: Your First Steps To Running A Catering Business

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Food Hygiene  A guide for Businesses

Food Hygiene A guide for Businesses

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For further details on this contact:

Environmental Health

Tel: 028 9034 0160


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