Coronavirus local restrictions

Harlow is in a high local COVID alert level area. You can find out what this means on GOV.UK

Register a food business

You can look at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website for information about starting a food business and your food safety responsibilities

Registration

You will need to register your food business with Harlow Council if you plan to:

  • sell food
  • cook food
  • store or handle food
  • prepare food
  • distribute food

You need to register with us at least 28 days before starting your business.

To register your business, you need to complete the online application form.

You do not need to pay to register your business and we cannot refuse to register you.

You need to register every premises where you carry out food operations. This includes:

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • hotels
  • shops
  • canteens
  • market stalls
  • home caterers
  • catering vans
  • food delivery vans

Registration allows us to keep an up-to-date list of all food premises in Harlow, so we can inspect and provide food hygiene ratings to premises that are within the scope of the scheme.

Once you have registered, you will need to let us know of any changes to the:

  • Food Business Operator
  • nature of the business
  • the address where the moveable premises are kept

You need to let us know within 28 days of the change happening.

Approval

Some types of food businesses need to be approved rather than registered.

Examples of the types of premises that need to be approved by us are standalone:

  • meat processing establishments
  • meat preparations establishments
  • minced meat processing operations and mechanically separated meat processing plants
  • cold stores

We only approve standalone premises. If your premises is attached to a slaughterhouse, cutting plant or game handling establishment, you need to contact FSA for approval.

We will decide if you are granted approval or need to register. If you are approved you do not need to register as well.

Contact Environmental Health to discuss and apply for approval

Contact information

Office
Environmental Health
Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
College Square
Harlow CM20 1WG