Food premises approval

Update COVID-19

The latest Government guidance for food businesses can be found here 

  • no orders should be taken in person on the premises - this should be communicated to customers by appropriate means such as signage
  • businesses should therefore only take orders online or by telephone
  • customers could have staggered collection times - customers should be discouraged from entering the premises until their order is ready
  • customers arriving without having already placed an order should be encouraged to leave the premises to place their order by telephone or online, and to return at a designated time for collection
  • customers whose orders are ready should enter one at a time to collect orders and make payments
  • businesses should discourage crowding outside the premises. Where possible, use queue management systems to maintain the 2 metres separation

Further advice for food deliveries and takeaways has been produced by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and is available in the attachment below.

Related documents

Apply for food premises approval

Your food premises may need our approval. Apply for food premises approval.

See the types of premises that need our approval.

Change in circumstances

Premises that need local authority approval

Examples of the type of stand alone premises (i.e. not attached to a slaughter house, cutting plant or game handling establishment) that need local authority approval:

  • meat and meat products (beef, pork, poultry, lamb, rabbits etc)
  • meat processing plants
  • meat preparation plants
  • minced meat processing operations and mechanically separated meat processing plants
  • cold stores
  • live bivalve molluscs (e.g. mussels and oysters)
  • fishery products
  • milk and milk products
  • eggs
  • frogs legs and snails

Not sure? Contact us.


There is no fee for food premises approval.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Failed or refused sections

Contact us in the first instance.

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