Food premises - approval
If you operate certain types of food premises you may need to be approved by your local authority.
Examples of types of premises that are required to be approved by local authorities are stand alone (such as not attached to a slaughter house, cutting plant or game handling establishment):
- meat processing/preparation plants
- minced meat processing operations and mechanically separated meat processing plants
- cold stores
- dairy processing plant
- egg production sites
- fish processing/preparation plants
Please contact us if you fall into of these premises types or think you may require approval.
Please use the links below:
You may be refused approval if you do not comply with relevant requirements of the law.
What the law says
Visit the Food Standards Agency website for more information about hygiene legislation.
For more detail about the main European Regulations that apply, please visit:
- Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 (hygiene of foodstuffs) - applies to all food premises
- Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 (specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin) - additional requirements for premises subject to approval
Premises that fall under the scope of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 may need to gain approval prior to trading or they may be trading illegally.
How long will my application take to process?
We aim to process your application within 3 months.
It is in the public interest that we process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 28 days, please contact us.
Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?
Please contact us in the first instance. There is no formal right of appeal to a magistrates or crown court in respect of a refusal to grant a food premises approval.
Complaints about food premises
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint you should first contact the trader. If that has not worked please contact us.