Starting up a food business - register a food business
It is a legal requirement that all food businesses are registered with the Council, this includes:
- Caterers from home
- Mobile caterers
In fact any business where food is prepared and supplied to members of the public must register with the Public Health & Regulation Team at least 28 days before trading commences.
Registration is free of charge.
Details of the name and nature of your business is kept on a register. Certain details will be available for public inspection; others will be withheld, such as addresses of businesses operating from a private residence.
Below you will find the necessary form for completion if you are involved in the setting up of a food business:
Once you have registered you will need to tell us if there is a change in ownership or change in the nature of the business.
Certain businesses may require a licence such as:
Please see our:
If you have never run a food business before you may find the following links useful:
- Starting up a food business information and checklist (including 'Register your food business') - on the Food Standards Agency website
Under EC Legislation your food business may require approval if you intend to manufacture large quantities of food products using unprocessed products of animal origin, e.g. fresh meat, raw minced meat, raw milk, eggs, etc.
However, application for premises approval is a complex process and depending on what you are applying for you may or may not need approval.
The Adur & Worthing Councils' Food Safety Service has a specific application form for premises approval, but to avoid you filling a form out unnecessarily we would like to discuss your application with you first.
Please contact us so that we may help you.
Then, depending or your requirements and situation, we will either send you the correct form (or a link to an online form) to complete, or let you know that you do not need to apply for approval.
Before you acquire a premises for use as a food business, check that you have the necessary 'use' at:
For further information see our:
Contact Public Health & Regulation
Public Health & Regulation,
Adur & Worthing Councils,
44 Richmond Road,