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Register Food Premises Online

Licence summary

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises you need to be registered with the local authority. Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans.

Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by the local authority or the Meat Hygiene Service, rather than registered. If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered, contact your local authority

Eligibility Criteria

No provision in legislation

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 28 calendar days

Apply online

Registration form for food businesses in the Babergh District Council area
Registration form for food businesses in the Mid Suffolk District Council area 

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Local Authority in the first instance

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre

Other Redress

Food Complaints

Public Register

Food premises register - available to view by appointment at the council offices. Copy of a single entry costs £4.00, copy of the whole register costs £443.48

Trade Associations

Chilled Food Association

National Federation of Meat and Food Traders