Food business

Food premises registration

If you want to start a food business, you need to tell us about any premises you use for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food 28 days before starting up.

If you use premises in more than one local authority area, you must register with each authority separately. If you operate a mobile food vehicle, you should register with the local authority in whose district you usually store your van overnight.

A register of addresses and the type of business carried out is open to inspection by the public at any time.

Food businesses include:

  • 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
  • ice cream vans

We will probably not require registration of minor activities such as a single vending machine. You should contact us if you think you might be in this category.

The costs

There is no charge to apply for registration.

How to apply

You can apply to register your food premises online (link opens in new window).

In the form, you will be asked for:

  • your contact details
  • type of business
  • transportation and water supply
  • your business contact details
  • dates of opening and employment

What happens next?

When we receive your application we will add your details to the register.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies for this registration. If you do not hear from us, you can assume your registration is accepted.

Appeals and complaints

If you a complaint about our service you can write to:

The Service Manager
Public Protection
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

Alternatively, you can email the Service Manager at env.health@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

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