Food Business Registration - Starting a New Food Business

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on or from any premises you will first need to be registered with the Council. . Premises which are required to register include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans (please note that this is not an exhaustive list).

Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may also need to be approved by the local authority or the Food Standards Agency. Please refer to the Food Hygiene Approvals and Approved Premises page. 

If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered, please contact the Commercial Team within the Environmental Health Service.

Who Can Apply?

There are no restrictions on who can apply for a food business registration. 

What legislation governs this application?

Summary of the regulations relating to registration

Do I have to pay an application fee?

There is no fee payable for this application.

How long will it take to process my application and will implied consent apply?

Your application will take up to 28 days to process and implied consent will apply. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the Council by the end of the 28 day target completion period.

Please note it is an offence to operate a food business without registering with a Council.

Apply to register as a food business.

Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?

Please contact the Commercial Team within the Environmental Health Service in the first instance regarding any returned or refused registration applications.

Consumer Complaint

Should you wish to make a complaint please contact the Commercial Team within the Environmental Health Service. 

Public Register

Please contact the Commercial Team within the Environmental Health Service to arrange a viewing of the public register.

Registration Form

View the current Registration Form.

After the registration form has been submitted food business operators must notify any significant change in activities to the activities stated above (including closure) to the food authority within 28 days of the change (s) happening.

Additional Advice For New Food Business Operators

Further information in relation to registering a food business or updating a current food business registration can be obtained by contacting the Commercial Team within the Environmental Health Service. Advice and supporting materials to set up a food business is available at Food.gov.uk.  

Contact Information

Commercial Team
Telephone Number: 01495 357813
Address:  Public Protection – Environmental Health, Commercial Team, Municipal Offices, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB
Email Address: environmental.health@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk