Registering your food business

If you are starting or operating a business in the Broadland or South Norfolk area where you produce, transport, handle or supply food or drink on a regular basis, you must comply with food safety requirements and register your business with us.

This includes activities in commercial or domestic properties as well as activities which take place on a voluntary basis.

There is no need to register for one-off events or for certain low risk activities which are carried out on a small scale, infrequent basis. For example, cake making by an individual on less than 12 occasions a year or less than once per month.

If you have a mobile catering businesses and keep the vehicle at a Broadland or South Norfolk address overnight you should register the business with us.

The Food Standards Agency business guidance provides information on how to set up your business in compliance with food safety requirements to ensure the food you produce is safe to eat and you should look at these details before you register your business.

You need to register at least 28 days prior to starting your business. Please download the application form and return by following the enclosed instructions. If you're not sure if you need to register, contact the food safety team using the details below.

Once registered, we can offer advice and guidance in relation to food safety and hygiene to help you operate your business. We also visit the business to undertake an inspection to identify how safely food is being prepared and produced.

The frequency of visits by officers will depend on the type of business along with their practices and procedures.

If you use premises in more than one local authority area, you must register with each council separately.

Broadland Food, Safety & Licensing Team

Contact details for the Broadland Food, Safety & Licensing Team

Telephone: 01603 430574

South Norfolk Food, Safety & Licensing Team

Contact details for the South Norfolk Food, Safety & Licensing team.

Telephone: 01508 533633