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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.

Register your food business online

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.  For more information on what to expect on your first inspection please see this document.

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

Starting a new food business

For more useful information on starting a new food business please see this page Starting a new food business .



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