Opening Food Business

The Food Standards Agency has produced a booklet for new catering businesses, Starting up. This covers the main things you need to think about when you start a business, including food hygiene issues and more general requirements and is available in a range of languages

The Food Standards Agency has also produced a guidance to businesses of food hygiene.

Registration of a Food Premises

If you run a food business for 5 or more days in any 5 consecutive weeks, you must tell (or arrange for someone else to tell) the local authority about any premises you use for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food. Food premises 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 vehicles for your food business in connection with permanent premises such as a shop, warehouse you only need to tell the local authority how many vehicles you have. You do not need to register each vehicle separately. If you have one or more vehicles but no permanent premises, you must tell the authority where they are normally kept.

Anyone starting a new food business must register with the local authority Environmental Health Division at least 28 days before doing so.

The majority of premises will have to be registered. However, certain premises are exempt from registration e.g. some of which are 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 this Division if you think you might be exempt.

If you what to register your business use the electronic form available

 First steps to running a food business

 Food Hygiene - A Guide For Businesses

Business Opportunities

If you are starting a business, the Regeneration and Growth Team at Amber Valley Borough Council support businesses of all sectors and sizes.  The team work with businesses and a variety of partners to access opportunities to help businesses survive and thrive in an ever changing economy.  If you would like more information contact the Regeneration and Growth Team by email, by telephone on 01773 841496, or click on this link

Application for the Registration of a Food Business Establishment  

This form should be completed by food business operators in respect of new food business establishments and submitted to the relevant food authority 28 days before commencing food operations.  On the basis of the activities carried out, certain food business establishments are required to be approved rather than registered.  If you are unsure whether any aspect of your food operations would require your establishment to be approved, please contact Amber Valley Borough Council for guidance. 

Registration of a Food Establishment

If the property is in the Amber Valley area please enter the postcode or the first few letters of the street. Otherwise enter the full address in the box below.


If the property is in the Amber Valley area please enter the postcode or the first few letters of the street. Otherwise enter the full address in the box below.



After this form has been submitted, food business operators must notify ANY changes to the activities stated above to the food authority and should do so within 28 days of the change(s) happening.




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Tel: 01773 841335 Environmental Health Helpline
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