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 Icon for pdf more information on what to expect on your first inspection [197.74KB] .

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.

Health Certificates will appear on this page for approximately three months.

Icon for pdf Health Certificate 127455 [28.43KB]