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Food premises registration


You should register your food business at least 28 days before you start operating, or less than 28 days after you make a significant change.

If your proposed new food business is based in Tandridge please complete the following Food premises registration form.

Please advise us of any significant changes in the activities undertaken or information submitted in any registration (including closure of the business) by returning the following Notification of change form.

Certain premises handling products of animal origin POAO (most premises are exempt if they supply POAO to the final consumer or on a marginal, localised or restricted basis) require approval, you can complete an application form on the Licence Finder website search approved after reading the explanatory text.

Some premises handling POAO, where control falls to an ‘official veterinarian’ such as slaughterhouses , game handling establishments and cutting plants placing fresh meat on the market (such as Catering Butchers) need approval by the Food Standards Agency. There are some exemptions from approval.

Further advice and application forms for approval by the FSA can be found at

Food businesses

A food business is one that carries out any of the activities related to any stage of production, processing and distribution of food, whether for profit or not and whether public or private. Food business operator means the natural or legal persons responsible for ensuring that the requirements of food law are met within the food business under their control.

There are exemptions from registration for:

  • Primary production for private domestic use.
  • The domestic preparation, handling or storage of food for private domestic consumption.
  • The direct supply, by the producer, of small quantities of primary products to the final consumer or to local retail establishments directly supplying the final consumer.
  • Collection centres and tanneries which fall within the definition of food business only because they handle raw material for the production of gelatine or collagen.

In particular, every food business operator must notify the appropriate council, of each establishment under its control that carries out any of the stages of production, processing and distribution of food, with a view to the registration of each such establishment.

Food business operators shall also ensure the council always has up-to-date information on establishments, including by notifying any significant change in activities and any closure of an existing establishment.

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