Operating a food business - Frequently asked questions
Do I need a licence to sell food?
Anyone starting a new food business or taking over an existing food business is required to register their food business establishment at least 28 days before beginning to trade. Registration is a legal requirement it is free and cannot be refused. Registration applies to all businesses that store, sell, distribute or prepare food or drink. Once you have submitted a signed food business registration form you are can begin to trade.alcohol licence If you are planning to sell food on the street or in a market you will require a street trading licence.
Find information about a change of use for commercial premises, which are allowed under permitted development rights.
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