Food

Registering a food business

The law requires all food businesses to be registered or approved.

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food, you need to be registered as a food business with us 28 days before you open. This includes catering businesses run from home and temporary premises.

There is no registration charge.

If you manufacture or process food from animals, you need to be approved rather than registered.

If you supply these products to other food business establishments you must not operate until approval has been granted.

Examples of food products and processes that usually need approval are:

  • Meat products, for example sausages, burgers, chilled/frozen meals
  • Cheese – production, portioning and re-wrapping
  • Dairy Products – yogurt, cream, pasteurised milk
  • Fish – Smoking

  1. What other types of businesses need to register?

    Childminders - If you are starting a childminding business you must register with Ofsted. They pass your details on to us if you prepare food, so you no longer need to register with us directly. For more information, visit the Food Standards Agency.

    Mobile catering units, such as vans and stalls, need to be registered with us if the vehicle or stall is stored overnight in the South Somerset District area.

    Community and village halls, and organisations using these facilities to prepare and/or provide food, may need to register. More information on food and village halls can be found at the Food Standards Agency.

  2. Before you apply

    If your business proposal includes alterations or buildings works to a property, or you have any questions about the amount of business rates you will need to pay, you should contact us.

    You can also read our Food and Safety Service Plan.

  3. How do I register my business?

    Apply to register your food business online.

    Or complete our paper application form and email to us.

    Information provided on your food registration form will form part of our public register. All sections are mandatory.

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