Registering a new business

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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

Registration of food business establishments

Food law defines what is a food business and who is a food business operator ( FBO) and places responsibilities both to register the food business with your local authority and to ensure that any food that you sell or give away, whether for profit or charity is safe for people to eat.

Regulation 178/2002 defines what is a food business and the exceptions that exist for certain low risk activities involving a small amount of organisation and continuity of the activity. The vast majority of businesses will need to register with the council.

Those who do not need to register and are exempt are places such as charities, village halls, churches and clubs etc. that only occasionally prepare and sell food. However all food businesses must ensure the food is safe and maybe liable if the food makes someone ill.

Regulation 178/2002 also defines who the food business operator is.

Regulation 852/2004 requires the FBO to register the food business with their local authority. This should be done 28 days before the business opens. The application form is available below.

Food businesses include restaurants, cafes, hotels and guest houses, supermarkets and shops, staff canteens, home caterers, food warehouses and delivery vehicles, mobile food sellers such as burger vans, ice cream sellers and market stalls. It also includes those who prepare and/or sell food a certain venues such as weddings, parties and special events whether this is from your own home or through a business.

If you are unsure if you are a food business or not, contact the Amber Valley food safety team for further advice on 01773 841326.

Application form 

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. 

Register a food business
Business details


Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841335 or email