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Food business registration

This page outlines the process of registration of a food business, which is a legal requirement. You can register online, or download an application form and return it to us.

What is food business registration?

If you are starting a new food business or taking over an existing one then you must register your premises with us at least 28 days before you start operating.

Registration applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as market stalls and vans.

If you have more than one premises, you will need to register all of them.

Registration is free.

What happens to the information?

We maintain a register of food business premises. The register contains the address and the type of business operated in each premises, and is available as a public document.

Notifying us of changes

Once you have registered with the council you only need to notify us of a change of proprietor, and if you stop operating.

How to register

You can apply online, or download a form, fill it in and return it to us.

Apply online

Download a food premises registration form


Contacts

Email:

environmentalhealth@lancaster.gov.uk

Telephone:

01524 582936

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