Register a food business

By law you must register your food business at least 28 days before you start operating, or less than 28 days after you make a significant change. If a new company starts operating at an existing food premises in our area it must also register.

The law defines a food business as:

  • one that carries out any of the activities related to any stage of production, processing and distribution of food,
  • whether for profit or not, and;
  • whether public or private.

Food business operator means the natural or legal persons responsible for ensuring that the requirements of food law are met within the food business under their control.

You can Register your food business online.

If you have issues in completing the online registration form, please contact a member of the Food Safety Team or Customer Services on 01932 838383

What Happens Once I Register?

Your business will be included on our register of food businesses and you will receive an unannounced inspection after your stated opening date.

Your business and premises will be inspected to check compliance with food safety regulations.

You are expected to adhere to regulations, including having a documented food-safety-management system in place. There is more information on what to expect on your first inspection below.

If we are unable to access your business after repeated attempts your business will be removed from the register.

Food Business Register

The register is subject to constant change therefore the current register can be made available for inspection at the Council offices, on request. It may also be sent directly although there may be a charge for this depending on the circumstances.

Starting a new food business

There is more useful information on starting a new food business.

Food Health Certificates

The information on this page is intended for health officials in non-EU countries to validate Health Certificates that we issue.

Food businesses in Runnymede may require a health certificate where they export food from Runnymede to a non-EU country. This is a chargeable service.

Acknowledgment of Food Business Registration Form 

We have received your application to register a food business establishment as required by Food Safety Legislation. 

So, what happens next?

Your business will be included on our register of food businesses and you will receive an unannounced inspection. Your business and premises will be inspected to check compliance with food safety regulations. You are expected to comply with regulations, including having a documented food safety management system in place.

N.B. If we are unable to access your business after several numbers of attempts your business will be removed from the register.  

What to expect on your first inspection (not applicable for low risk home bakers)

We will be polite and courteous and show identification. We are there to help you and to ensure that the food produced on your premises is safe to eat. 
We will be looking at the following: 

  • Your premises; is it clean, in a good state of repair and is the layout suitable to allow for safe handling and preparation of food? 
  • Your chosen Food Safety Management System; Do you have a suitable food safety management system based on the HACCP principles in place?  You can use your own in-house system or you may wish to consider use of Safer Food Better Business from the Food Standards Authority. 
  • Food Safety Practices and Procedures; Are the procedures in your food safety management system being followed and do they allow for the safe handling and preparation of food? 
  • Staff Training; do staff have appropriate training to ensure that the food produced or handled is safe to eat? 

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (not applicable for low risk home bakers)

Most registered food businesses are included in this scheme.  As a new business, you will not receive a rating until you have had your first inspection.  However, as you will not receive an inspection immediately you can request an 'Awaiting Inspection' sticker and certificate to display in your premises.  
Following each inspection, food premises are rated on a scale of 0 to 5 and are provided with a sticker that may be displayed on the premises. All ratings are published on the Food Standards Agency website at www.food.gov.uk/ratings 

Changes to your business   

You must notify us of any changes that take place such as a change of ownership, change of the address at which moveable premises are kept, significant changes in activities carried out, or closure of an establishment.