New food businesses encouraged to register

PR2339/KB/MF - 02/03/2021

Mid Sussex District Council is reminding new food businesses that they need to register with their local authority.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic many have turned to the kitchen during lockdown. With more people cooking and baking from home, some have started to sell to their local community or online as a source of revenue and a potential career. Equally, some catering and hospitality workers have switched to their own kitchen to operate food delivery businesses from home.

Councillor Norman Webster, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Community said:

“Selling food that has been prepared at home is an enterprising way to make a living in these difficult times and we want to support new food businesses by providing them with sound, reliable and appropriate advice.

“New businesses may not necessarily be aware but everyone who sells food from their homes on a regular basis is required to register with their local authority. We’re encouraging all new food businesses to register as soon as possible so we can help them with the latest food hygiene and safety guidance.”    

The Food Standard Agency has produced a handy online guide for new food businesses to help them stay compliant and protect their customers. You can find full details at

To register a food business, or to check if a food business is registered with Mid Sussex District Council before deciding to make a food purchase visit