Food business registration

New food businesses must register with Local Authorities, 28 days before 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 inform the authority of any significant change or closure of an establishment. This will make sure 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 at and there is no charge for this.

Food business registration

Change a food business registration

Will tacit authorisation apply?


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