Register your business
Register your food business
You must register your food business establishment with us at least 28 days before you start serving food.
If you intend to set up business as a caterer or food retail outlet selling directly to the public - you will normally only need to be registered.
This means you will be able to operate your food business even if you haven't heard back from us about your food premises inspection. This is known as 'tacit consent'.
More information: ‘Tacit consent’ means you can act as if your application has been granted if you do not receive your licence/permit within a certain time after we confirm we have received your application.
Certain types of food premises such as dairies, meat product manufacture or wholesale fish markets have to be approved rather than registered before they start trading. Please see the Food Standards Agency website for more information on Approved Establishments (external link): https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/approved-food-establishments
If you are providing refreshments for customers that are to be consumed on the premises - you must provide enough toilets. It is also a legal requirement to provide toilet facilities for staff. Please take a look at Provision of toilets in food establishments in Mid Sussex for more information.