Approval of a food business

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. 

Making an application

Before you apply, please email the details of your business operations to This will allow us to advise if you need to register or apply for approval.

To apply for approval you will need to complete an application form.

To determine the application, we will need to visit your site. An officer will contact you within 14 days of receipt of the completed application in order to arrange this. 

You will be advised in writing within 28 days following the determination of your application for approval.

Required hygiene standards

To obtain approval you will need to meet certain hygiene standards, set out in:


There are some exemptions from the requirement to be approved. If the food business supplies food of animal origin only to the final consumer then they are exempt from approval.

Additionally there may be an exemption available depending on the extent to which the business wishes to supply food of animal origin to other businesses.

Should the food business be exempted from the requirement to be approved, it will then need to be registered with us as a food business. The food business operator needs to complete a food premises registration form

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