If you are planning to start a food business, you must register your premises at least 28 days before opening. This applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home, and mobile or temporary premises such as stalls and vans. If you use two or more premises you will need to register all of them using our Food Registration Form (89kb).
If food premises are to be used by several catering businesses (for example a village hall or conference centre) the person who allows the premises to be used for this purpose is responsible for registering them. All food businesses are required to have a documented food safety management system based on the principles of HACCP. Although this may sound onerous a small catering business can get a free guidance pack called Safer Food and Better Business from the Food Standards Agency.
If you have a mobile catering vehicle our Mobile Catering Guide (220kb) will help to provide you with the legal requirement you must comply with and also details advice and good practice measures.
In partnership with the Food Standards Agency, we launched the National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme in April 2011, where a food hygiene rating for a food premises is established following an inspection and taking into account observations and discussions made during the visit.
Do you have a food hygiene rating of 3 or more?
If so you may be eligible to join the “Heart of Derbyshire” scheme. This is a scheme which is operated by Derbyshire County Council together with Bolsover District Council that rewards you for offering your customers ‘healthier’ food.
For information about the scheme please visit the Heart of Derbyshire section of the Derbyshire County Council website or telephone 01629 536166.