Registration applies to the majority of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as stalls and vans. You must register your premises at least 28 days before opening – registration is free and cannot be refused. If any changes are made to the business’ venue, management or ownership then you will need to re-register and inform us of these changes. If you have more than one business premises, you will need to register all of them separately. If you are operating a business on a ‘one-off’’ basis (i.e. at an event), you will not need to register.

You can complete the online form here.

Some users have experienced issues with Google Chrome when viewing the online form. For your convenience, we recommend using an alternative browser to view and download the form.

Alternatively, you can ask for a paper food business registration from our One Stop Shop in Manvers Street, Bath between 9AM and 4:30PM Monday to Friday, or request for one to be sent to you by contacting the office directly.

Once your registration has been submitted, you will be sent a letter or email confirming your registration has been successful. This includes information on our New Business Start-Up service, which is a charged service we offer for new food business operators and can help you ensure your business is safe and compliant with the law.

Approved Premises

If you plan to manufacture food using products of animal origin (such as meat, fish, milk and dairy products) and you aren’t exclusively selling the products that you make to the final consumer (i.e. wholesaling), then you may need to be undergo a process to become an approved premises. This process is intensive and involves working with our officers to ensure your production methods and premises are safe for wholesaling and distribution.

For any enquiries about premises approval, please email us at

For more information on this scheme, visit the Food Standards Agency’s page on Approved Food Establishments.

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