The law requires the registration of premises used in
connection with a food business (including market stalls, delivery
vehicles and mobile food vehicles).
Anyone wishing to start a new food business
should register at least 28 days before starting to
EC Regulation 852/2004 (Article 6(2))
This regulation replaces the requirement under the now revoked
Food Premises (Registration) Regulations 1991 as amended and
requires that if you run a food business you must register
with the local authority.
Those premises that were registered under the old regulations
need not re-register under the new regulations.
There are no exemptions to the requirement to register except
those businesses that are subject to approval under Regulation
A 'Food Business' is defined as carrying out any of
the activities related to any stage of production, processing and
distribution of food whether for profit or not and whether public
This includes restaurants, hotels, cafes, pubs, shops, school
kitchens, office canteens, warehouses, market stalls, catering
vehicles, ice cream and delivery vans, guest houses and residential
How do I register?
The first thing to do is contact the Council's Commercial
Services Section. You will be sent an application form to
complete and return. Alternatively you can download a copy of the
form using the link below. Registration will not be refused and
there is no charge.
Why do I need to register?
Registration of premises use for a food business is required
by law. Registration allows local authorities to keep an up-to-date
list of all those premises in their area so they can visit them
when they need to. The frequency of visits depends on the type of
Do I have to register mobile units?
It is the premises where a mobile food business is normally
kept (or garaged) that require registering rather than the vehicle
itself. Therefore, vehicles normally kept in the Borough area
should be registered with Barrow Borough Council regardless of
where they trade. Separate registration is not needed for the
vehicle if it is used in connection with permanent premises that
are themselves registered as a food business - for example a van
used to deliver goods from a bakery.
What happens when you receive my registration
When we receive an application for a new business we will
normally make an appointment to inspect the premises before they
open. At the time of the inspection we will give advice on what you
need to do to comply with the appropriate food hygiene
What happens to the information I
Your application form will be kept on file and some of the
details will be transferred to a public register. The register only
contains the name, address and nature of the business. It is
available for inspection by the public at any reasonable time and
copies of entries in the register can be obtained from the Council
(a charge is made for this service).
What happens if I don't register?
It is a criminal offence not to register a food business
unless it is exempt. A person failing to register a food business
may be prosecuted.
What do I do if the business changes?
Once the premises have been registered, the Council needs to
be kept informed of any change in the nature of the business or
it's proprietor. In the case of mobile businesses, we also need to
know if the vehicle is going to be kept at a different
New proprietors of existing businesses need to complete an
application form, although because the business isn't new, there is
no need to give 28 days' notice.