Food premises registration

frying burgers at Cheltenham Food Festival

You must complete and submit a food premises registration form 28 days before you intend to carry out food operations. This includes:

  • selling food
  • cooking food
  • storing or handling food
  • preparing food
  • distributing food

Applications are free and cannot be refused. Upon reciept of a completed application, you will recieve an acknowledgement letter and an awaiting inspection sticker to display at your premises. 

Apply online

New business guidance

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have a dedicated section on their website to guide new business owners. 

What do you inspect? 

We inspect your business to determine how well you are meeting food hygiene law. Following our visit, your business will  be given a rating on the standards observed at the time of inspection.

For smaller businesses, we recommend using the 'Safer Food Better Business' pack which has been designed by the FSA to help your business with food safety management procedures and comply with the law. 

When will I be inspected?

The first inspection of your new business will normally take place within 28 days of registration from when we become aware of its operation. This is to ensure new businesses are complying with the law.

Inspection of new businesses will be prioritised according to risk as follows:

  • High risk food activities inspected within 28 days
  • Low risk establishments can be postponed
  • If registered more than 28 days before business commences, the inspection can be delayed until activities have begun

Changes to the business

If any details regarding your business have changed, please let us know. You can email the details to [email protected]

Do I need to apply for approval?

To operate a business that manufactures or processes products of animal origin including meat, meat products including minced meat, fish or fishery products including shellfish, eggs,  milk, dairy products and collagen, principally for supply to other businesses it must be approved by the council.