Starting a food business

The very fact that you are reading this web page shows that you are conscientious about food hygiene and safety. After all, it's your concern and in most cases livelihoods and reputations are at stake. Never has it been more important for food business operators to do things right.

If you are planning to open a new food business, getting it right at the planning stage will prevent problems later on.

Download our checklist for food businesses before your first inspection to help you get it right first time. Checklist for food businesses [Word doc 22kb] >>

Food business registration

Businesses which sell food on a regular basis (whether for profit or not) must register with this authority. You must complete the registration form below accurately, sign it and return it to us at the address printed on the form 28 days before you intend to open. We will then enter your details onto our database and program an inspection for when you are open.

The 'your inspection, your business' booklet (pdf 1.37MB) will guide you through what the environmental health team can do to help you meet your responsibilities and comply with food safety and health and safety law.

You may need a license, for example if you intend to:

  • sell hot food between 11pm-5am
  • operate in a street or lay-by
  • sell alcohol
  • provide facilities for gambling e.g. 'slot machines'

You may need planning permission to open a food business.

For example:

  • if the premise was something different before
  • if you plan to install extract ventilation
  • if you are operating from home
  • if you plan to do alterations or extend

Businesses are responsible for making sure their waste is disposed of safely and legally. We have a responsibility to help them do just that.

We hope your business succeeds and is able to contribute to making South Kesteven a great place to live.

Find out what advice and support we can offer you >>

For further information, please submit an enquiry >>