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All new food businesses must register with us 28 days prior to opening. You should tell us about any changes to your food business as soon as they are made, this includes:

  • if you have taken over an existing business
  • if you change the name of your food business
  • the nature of your business changes significantly

Please complete a food premises registration form.


We aim to inspect new food businesses within 28 days of opening. For certain low risk businesses, such as cake bakers, we may ask you to complete a questionnaire instead of inspecting your premises.
Remember, as an employer or self employed person, you must also comply with health and safety laws.

We can provide you with information on starting a new food business and can give advice prior to opening. You can also find advice for new food businesses on the Food Standards Agency website.

Also see

Food and Safety Unit

Eco Depot, Hazel Court, York, YO10 3DS

Telephone: 01904 551525