You need to register your business 28 days prior to the business operating. If you are operating from a mobile food business you will need to register your business with the local authority where you keep the mobile van overnight.
We have leaflets which provide information on the legislation you need to comply with
All the Food Standards Agency leaflets are available in other languages on the Food Standards Agency website
General food safety advice can be found at: www.food.gov.uk
You will not receive an inspection immediately after registering with the Authority. Priority for inspections depends upon the risk associated with your business.
If you wish to receive a visit from Environmental Health prior to opening your business you need to contact the Food Safety section.
An officer from the Food Safety section of Environmental Health will inspect for food hygiene/food safety matters. When an officer visits, they should show you their identification.
A food business run from home must still comply with the requirements of the food hygiene legislation.
The link below provides further information:
The web page below provides information on running a mobile food business:
Yes, you will. Who you will need to contact will depend upon what you are planning to do at your business. See the Food Standards Agency leaflet "Starting Up" (pdf), which provides information on this.
Further information can be obtained in the Established Business Section.
Further useful documents which you can download can be found in the Established Business Section