Registration of premises used for a food business

Register a food premises

This information complies with the new EU Services Directive that came into effect on 28 December 2009. This new directive aims to make it easier for businesses to set up or offer their services anywhere in the EU and apply and pay on-line for a licence. The directive covers a wide variety businesses including accountants, builders, food services, and leisure services.

Other services such as education, health, transport, planning, gambling, Eugo logotaxis and social services do not fall within the scope of the directive.

If you wish to download a form then click on the link for the application form and return the completed form to Regulatory Services, The Guildhall, Northampton, NN1 1DE.  If you have any queries please contact [email protected]

Licence summary

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises you need to be registered with the local authority. Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans.

Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by us or the Meat Hygiene Service, rather than registered. If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered, contact us.

Eligibility Criteria

No provision in legislation

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period.

 

 

Apply online

Apply for registration of a food business establishment

Tell us about a change to your existing food business establishment

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice Bureau can give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress

E.g. about noise, pollution, etc. Also should one licence holder complain about another.

Trade Associations

Chilled Food Association

National Federation of Meat and Food Traders

Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association (NIFDA)

Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF)