Register a food business

Food Premises Registration

It is required by law to register a food establishment (Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, Article 6(2). Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans, food delivery vans and businesses run from home.

If you run a food business intermittently, you must notify us about any premises you use for:-

a) storing

b) selling

c) distributing

d) preparing food

Anyone starting a new food business must register with us at least 28 days before starting to trade.

You need to register with us so that we have up-to-date information on your food premises so that we can visit them when we need to.

Food registration is not a form of licensing and does not give approval to trade.

There is a penalty fine of up to £5000 for not registering your food business.

You can register by completing a registration form below. Please note that there is no charge to register your business.

Food Registration Form

Food Registration Guidance

Apply Online

Approval of Premises

There are certain types of businesses that will need to be ‘Approved' by us. If you intend to operate a business that manufactures or processes meat, meat products including minced meat, fish or fishery products including shellfish, milk, dairy products and collagen then you will need to be approved by us first. A food business that needs "Approval" will not be able to start trading until they have been granted approval.

You need to complete an Approved Premises Form instead of a Food Registration Form.

Approved Premises Form

Approved Premises Guidance

Processing & Timescales for Food Premises Registration

If the application is satisfactory you will be added to the Food Database and an inspection of the business undertaken in due course. We will only contact you if there is a problem with your application.

Validity & Renewals

Registration will remain in force until either the business stops trading or registration is cancelled.

Notify us of any change in circumstances i.e. change of name, cease trading etc. ·


A register of name of business, addresses and the type of business is available here.

Public Register

Records of the other information provided are subject to data protection laws and will not be publicly available.


Food & Safety Team



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Wolverhampton Road, Codsall

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