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Running a food business

If you're thinking of starting a food business or you currently have a food business there are plenty of things you need to think about.

Registering a food business

Registration of premises used for a food business (including market stalls, restaurants, hotels, shops, canteens delivery vehicles and other moveable structures) is required by law.

Before starting a new food business, you must send a completed application form to us at least 28 days before the business starts. You can use our Online Form to Register a Food Business; or download, complete and send thepdf icon Application for Registration of a Food Business [76kb].

Once the form is completed, registration cannot be refused.

There is no registration fee.

Premises in the area will be visited by us. The frequency of the visits will depend on the type of business.

What about changes in my business?

Once you have registered with us, you need to notify us only if:

  • There is a change of owner - the new owner will have to complete an application form
  • The nature of the business changes
  • There is a change of the address at which moveable premises are kept

If we wish to change the entry in the register because of information we receive from someone else, you will be given 28 days notice and an opportunity to comment on the proposed change.


The key responsibility for food business owners is to understand what food hazards exist and show what action they would take to ensure they are producing and handling food safely. A free pack called Safer Food, Better Business, developed by the Food Standards Agency is available to help small businesses comply with the law.

Further information can be found on the Food Standards Agency website .

Training Providers within Craven:

Tyro Training

Crescent House. Keighley Road. Skipton. BD23 2LP

Tel 01756 692798

Verner Wheelock

4 Stable Courtyard, Broughton Hall Business Park, SKIPTON, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AE

Tel: 01756 700802

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)

All food businesses are required to assess the food hazards in their operation to identify steps that are critical to food safety, ie cooking food to kill bacteria. Proprietors must then ensure that controls are put in place to control the risks and monitor them to make sure they are working. The Food Standards Agency have developed a Safer food, better business (SFBB) management pack to help food businesses to comply with this requirement.

The Food Standards Agency has also made diary refills available for businesses to download from their website:

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