Food Premises Registration

Coronavirus update April 2020: 
New food business registrations will still be processed. 
Businesses will be contacted by telephone. 
Limited face to face contact.


Registration of food businesses is compulsory and free of charge. This includes market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable structures. As a council, we ensure that every premises receives an inspection, and resources can be allocated and targeted in the appropriate areas. It is an offence not to register a food business. If you are starting up a new business then you must register at least 28 days prior to opening. Please note that some details of the food business establishment registration is held on a public register which is available for viewing on the Environmental Health system.

Please complete this food business registration form to register a new business, or to report a change to an existing business. 



Premises approval

Certain type of food premises, generally manufacturers of products of animal origin, such as dairies, meat product manufacturers or wholesale fish markets are subject to product specific regulations. These types of premises are required by law to be approved by the local authority and generally their products must display a health mark or be accompanied by a health certificate. The health mark for foods produced in the Arun District will consist of an oval shaped mark containing a number with a prefix of AN which is the code indicating the food was produced in Arun District. Each local Authority in the country (and places across the EU) has a unique code which ensures that the origin of the food can always be established. This is of course very important if things ever go wrong so that suspect foods can be traced and remove from the food chain.

If your food premises requires approval you must apply in writing giving full details of the proposed business including:

  • what types of food you intend to produce and in what quantities,
  • the design, construction and layout of the premises,
  • arrangements for maintenance
  • Pest control procedures
  • arrangements for applying the health mark
  • arrangements for staff health monitoring
  • food safety control and monitoring systems and record keeping,
  • arrangements for cleaning of premises, equipment, utensils and transport including what cleaning chemicals you intend to use,
  • your food and water sampling plan
  • which laboratory you intend to use for carrying out analysis of food and water samples
  • arrangements for the disposal of waste.
  • arrangements for staff training

This is not an exhaustive list, but all of the above must be approved by the Council prior to them granting approval for the premises. Following receipt of an application a member of the food safety team will visit the premises to validate the information provided and make a decision as to whether approval can be granted. Once approved, details of the premises together with information relating to types of foods produced are forwarded to The Food Standards Agency to be kept on a central EU register.

If you require further information or wish to discuss the possibility of approval, please email, call 01903 737755 or write to the Littlehampton address at the foot of this page.