UK law requires registration of establishments used for a food business - including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable structures. If you use premises in more than one local authority area, you must register with each authority separately.
Registration allows local authorities to keep an up-to-date list of all those establishments in their area so they can visit them when they need to. The frequency of the visits will depend on the type of business.
By completing the online form below. Alternatively you can download and fill in a registration form (pdf 55kb) or pick one up from our Food Safety Section, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale WN8 8EE. Tel: 01695 577177.
There is no charge for registration.
We have prepared a home catering advice leaflet (PDF 27Kb) if you intend to operate a food business from home.
We will add the details of your food business to our register. A register of addresses and the type of business carried on at each will be open to inspection by the general public. Records of the other information provided will not be publicly available. We will handle any information provided to us in accordance with our Privacy Notice (PDF, 9Kb).
Once you have registered, you only need notify us of a change of proprietor, if the nature of the business changes, or if there is a change of the address at which moveable premises are kept. The new proprietor will have to complete an application form.
If the Council wishes to change the entry in the register because of information which it receives from someone else, you will be given 28 days notice and an opportunity to comment on the proposed change.
All food businesses are required to produce a documented food safety management system. More information and a Safer Food Better Business pack, including additional diary sheets for existing food businesses, can be obtained from the Food Standards Agency (external link).
Yes, tacit consent will apply.
This means that you will be able to act as though your registration is accepted if you have not heard from the Council by the end of the target period.