Food business registration

You need to register your business with us if you want to carry out any 'food operations'.

Food operations include:

  • Selling food
  • Cooking food
  • Storing or handling food
  • Preparing food
  • Distributing food

If you are starting a new food business you must register with us at least 28 days before opening.

About this licence

We cannot refuse registration.

There is no charge for registration.

Application and guidance notes

Apply for registration

Change registration

If you use premises in more than one local council area, you must register with each local council separately.

Processing and timescales

It will take up to 28 days to process your registration.

Contact us to view the public register.
Contact us in the first instance.
Contact details
  • Contact centre opening hours are Monday to Friday - 9am to 4.15pm
  • Telephone: 01432 261761 - (all calls are dealt with by our contact centre staff and are allocated to an officer who will take action on the service request between one to five working days)
  • Online: Contact us form
  • Email:
  • Address: Environmental Health and Trading Standards, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE