premises registration & approval
What is registration?
Registration of a premises used for a food (including market
stalls, delivery vehicles and mobiles) is required by law.
Registration will allow local authorities to keep an up-to-date
list of all those premises in their area so they can visit them
when they need to. The frequency of the visits will depend on the
type of premises.
Link: Who needs to
How do I register?
By completing the online form or
a form to complete and return to the Food & Safety Team at
South Staffordshire Council. Registration cannot be refused
and there is no charge. If you use premises in more than one local
authority area, you must register with each authority
You must tick all the boxes which apply to your business, answer
all the questions and give all the information requested. Please
make sure that whatever form you complete to register your
business; you include a contact number and email address so we can
get in touch with you.
After you have submitted the form we will enter the details on to
our food business database and a business file will be created.
Once you have registered with us you can start your business. It is
your responsibility to comply with the law and provide safe food.
If you are considered a ‘higher risk’ food business then we will
arrange to carry out an inspection shortly after you have
If you are considered a ‘low risk’ business, an inspection will not
take priority and may take several months before we come to inspect
We have also provided advice for new
businesses which you may find useful.
Following an inspection, your business will be risk rated and
Food Hygiene Rating on the Rate my Place scheme.
Click here for further information
on food safety inspections.
Please note that details of your food business will be passed to
Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards Department for their
Once you have registered you need to notify the Food &
Safety Team where there has been a change of proprietor, where the
nature of the business changes, if the business moves address, or
where there is a change of the address at which movable premises
are kept. To notify us of a change you should complete a new
Failure to Register a food business or notify significant
changes is an offence.
Public food premises register
A register of name of business, addresses and the type of
business carried on at each will be open to inspection by the
general public. Records of the other information provided are
subject to data protection laws and will not be publicly
Please note every effort is made to ensure that the details
printed within the register are correct at the time of compilation
and updated on a regular basis.
The register of food premises can be downloaded
Please note register of childminders are excluded.
Premises Subject to Approval
If you intend to make, prepare or handle food of animal origin
(e.g. meat, fish or dairy) for supply to other businesses, then the
food business and its activities in most circumstances will require
what is known as approval. Further information on the approved
premises process can be found here.
Food businesses that need approval before they are allowed to
operate are those that:
- sell most, or all, of their food to other
businesses such as retailers, cafes, restaurants, pubs;
- produce products of animal origin, which
are defined as:
- Minced Meat and Meat Preparations
- Meat Products
- Live Bivalve Molluscs
- Fishery Products
- Raw Milk and Dairy Products
- Eggs and Egg Products
Please be aware that if your food business does any of the
following you will need a licence:
- Sale of alcohol (on or off the premises)
- Late night refreshment (sale of hot food and drink between the
23:00 hours and 05:00 hours)
- Regulated entertainment (includes plays, films, some sporting
- One- off events (temporary events notice) for any of the
licensing pages for more information on the type of licence you
Electronic copies of the main European Regulations relating to
food businesses can be viewed by the following links:
PDF Document: Regulation
(EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of
29 April 2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs
PDF Document: Regulation
(EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of
29 April 2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal
Food & Safety Team
Telephone: 01902 696220