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Food Business Registration and Approval

Last Modified October 14, 2019

 Register a food business

Application for food premises approval

Premise Licence

All premises used as a food business, including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable structures, need to be registered with us by law. For certain food manufacturers, premises approval is required.

Who needs to register?

The majority of premises have to be registered, but some premises are exempt - such as those already registered for food law purposes, certain agricultural premises, motor cars, tents and marquees (but not stalls), some domestic premises and some village halls. You should contact us if you are not sure.

When should I register?

Anyone starting a new food business must register with us at least 28 days in advance.

How much does registration cost?

There is no charge.

How long does registration last?

There is no expiry date and you are not required to renew the registration.

Do I also need a licence?

If you sell hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am you will also require a premise licence  for late night refreshment.

Who needs to seek approval?

If you intend to manufacture foods and will use raw products of animal origin amongst the ingredients you will almost certainly require Approval. In these circumstances you will need further information from the Food Team.

How can I register?


Complete the relevant form above and return it to Environmental Health, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1WA or email: environmental.health@hertsmere.gov.uk

What information do you need?

The application form will guide you through the information we need.

You must tell us about any premises you use for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food.

This includes restaurants, hotels, cafes, shops, supermarkets, staff canteens, kitchens in offices, warehouses, guest houses, delivery vehicles, buffet cars on trains, market and other stalls, hot dog and ice cream vans, etc.

If you use a vehicle for your food business in connection with permanent premises such as a shop, or warehouse, you only need to tell us how many vehicles you have and you do not need to register each vehicle separately. If you have one or more vehicles but no permanent premises, you must tell us where those vehicles are normally kept.

What happens next?

When we receive a completed application we will arrange for a full food hygiene inspection to be carried out. This is to ensure that the standards are satisfactory and comply with food hygiene legislation. 

Can you refuse my registration?

No, but we do not acknowledge receipt. 

How long will it take before you inspect my premises?

We will normally contact you within four weeks to make arrangements. If you have not heard anything within this time please contact us.

What happens to the information given on the registration form?

We hold a public register of addresses and the type of business, which is open to inspection by anyone. Any other information you provide will not be publicly available and will not be disclosed by us but used for registration, enforcement and the protection of public funds.

I need to change some information on an existing registration.

If the business is already registered then you only need to tell us:

  • if the nature of the business changes
  • if there is a change of premise address
  • if the owner changes


Any new owner will have to complete a new registration form.

If we receive information from someone else and wish to change the entry in our public register because of this, you will be given 28 days' notice and an opportunity to comment on the proposed change.

Use our online form above or contact us at our offices below.


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