Food business registration

Starting a food business

If you own or are taking over a food business in Thurrock, you must register your premises with us at least 28 days before opening. This includes a catering business run from home, mobile or temporary premises such as stalls and vans. You will need to register all premises if you own more than one.

Registering your business is free

Go to GOV.UK: food business registration for more information. You can use the form below to register your business.

Help for start-ups

You can get help with licences, managing food safety, food hygiene, inspections, menus rules, finance, VAT and the law from the Food Standards Agency: starting a food business guide.

Go to GOV.UK: food, catering and retail for more advice, including a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles guide.

Food safety

For practical advice about food safety, read Food Standards Agency: safer food, better business and Food Standards Agency: food law inspections and your business.

We can also help you with business waste and business recycling collection.

Food Team

: 01375 652 955