Food licences


If your business is involved in the production, transport or sale of food, you will be subject to regulations of food safety and hygiene. Regulation is broad and includes not only shops, restaurants and cafes, etc, but also delivery vehicles, market stalls and moveable structures. Specific rules also apply for selling late-night refreshments, whether food or drink.

For this reason you need to be careful to ensure that you have the right licences and meet other regulatory requirements. Regulatory authorities have wide powers of inspection and enforcement and can impose penalties for non-compliance.

In this section we have set out the main things you need to know about food licences, such as when you need a licence, how to apply for a licence, which bodies you need to apply to, and what powers they have.

Information on appealing licensing decisions and enforcement of licences is located both within this section and in the general information section of this topic.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on food licences, we can put you in touch with a local solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help please call us on 0800 1777 162.

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