Food business registration

New food businesses are required to register with Local Authorities, 28 days prior to starting business. This is set in the Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, Article 6(2).

It is also a legal requirement to notify the authority of any significant change or closure of an establishment. This ensures the authority always has up-to-date information on establishments.

Some businesses need to meet higher standards (see: Approved premises for food ), if they produce:

  • meat;
  • meat products
  • dairy products;
  • or fish products from the raw state.


You can apply for this licence online via, there is no charge for this registration.


Will tacit authorisation apply?



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