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Register a food business
It's free to
register your food business in Medway. If you store, sell,
distribute, cook or prepare food, you will need to register.
We must receive your application form at least 28
days before you start any food operations. Tick all the boxes which
apply to your business and answer all the questions honestly. We
can't refuse your application to register your premises unless you
Who needs to register?
- Caterers from home
- Mobile caterers and market stalls
|If you have more than one premises
||You will need to register all of them. If you use premises in
more than one local authority area, you must register with each
If a premises is used by several food
This could be for a community hall, church hall or
conference centre. The person who operates the food business is
responsible for registering it. For example, if a community
hall is hired by a luncheon club or playgroup that provide food, it
is the organisers of the club/group that must register, not the
hall management committee. Further guidance on the provision of
food in a village hall, or other community setting (and whether
registration is required or not) may be found on FOOD.GOV.UK.
If a vehicle is used for your food business
If you use vehicles for your food business in connection with
permanent premises such as a shop, or warehouse you only need to
tell us 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 register the vehicles at the premises
where they are normally kept.
If you have a mobile food business
In the case of a mobile food business, such as
a burger or ice cream van, you only need to register with one local
authority, not every authority where you are going to operate. You
will usually register with the local authority where the vehicle
will be kept overnight.
Some local authorities, including Medway Council, require mobile
food businesses to have street trading consent for certain
locations. Find out more information about street trading in
|If you have a permanently moored boat
||Permanently moored vessels, such as floating restaurants, must
register with the local authority in the area they are situated.
Vessels travelling on inland waterways (e.g. pleasure craft), must
register with the local authority where they are normally
|If you are a childminder
From 1st January 2014, if you are a childminder and usually
provide meals and drinks for the children in your care, you do not
need to register separately as a food business with your local
authority. This will happen automatically when you register with
Ofsted. Childminders registered with Ofsted before 1st January 2014
should have registered as a food business separately. Find out if
you need to register and read advice from the
Food Standards Agency.
The majority of food premises will have to be registered with
the relevant local authority. All food businesses are subject to
the provisions of food law, such as the Food Safety
Act 1990 and the Food
Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, whether they are
exempt from registration or not.
Am I exempt from registering?
Certain businesses producing meat, meat products, eggs, milk,
dairy products, fish and fish products are exempt from registering,
as they need approval under regulation EC853/2004
Fines and penalties
It's a criminal offence to run unapproved food premises and you
can be prosecuted for doing so. You may be fined, imprisoned for up
to 2 years or both if you run a food business without
Change of circumstances
You must tell us within 28 days of any significant changes in
your business by completing the
register your food business form.
Significant changes that should be notified to the council:
- Change of business address or trading name
- Change of
Food Business Operator (e.g. different owner or company
- Change in the type of food activity
- If you stop selling food
- If you stop trading