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:

  • catering businesses run from home
  • mobile premises such as vans
  • temporary premises such as stalls

You must register all premises if you own more than one.

Registering your food business

Registering your food 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: business guidance and Food Standards Agency: safer food, better business.

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

Food Team

: 01375 652 955

: foodsafety@thurrock.gov.uk