Read our frequently asked questions about food safety for businesses.
This depends on the seriousness of the problem. Minor contraventions will result in the inspector advising on how best to rectify the situation. More serious matters will be dealt with more formally, ranging from the service of notice to possible prosecution for very serious offences. The division has an enforcement policy(pdf, 125KB) that sets out the range of factors and actions likely to be taken to ensure that businesses comply with legal requirements.
This depends on the type of food premise you wish to operate. Please see the Planning Guidance for Food and Drink Establishments(pdf, 560KB) for general guidance. For further information contact Development Control on 020 8891 7300.
If your premises is new, toilet facilities must be provided for both staff and customers. All premises must provide toilet facilities for their staff.
There is no requirement for food premises to be licensed but in most situations you do need to register your business before you open. Registration is free and can be completed online or by post.
Yes. However, you will still need to comply with many of the food regulations applying to caterers. Please contact us if you need more information.
This requires you to be a registered trader and be operated from a designated pitch within the Borough. It also depends on what type of food you wish to sell. Contact the Licensing Team on 020 8891 7994 for more details.
Strictly speaking, no formal training is required. However, all food handlers must be supervised and instructed and/or trained in food hygiene matters to a level appropriate to their job. In addition, the person responsible for maintaining the food safety management procedure must be adequately trained in the application of HACCP principles.
Yes. All food businesses must have some form of documented food safety management procedures based on HACCP principles. For smaller businesses this need not be very complicated and may, for example in the case of some small retail premises, be as simple as maintaining a record of temperatures. Some caterers may be able to use off-the-shelf packages like Safer Food Better Business to help comply with this requirement. Please contact us to discuss your particular needs.
If you would like further information of food safety please try the Food Standards Agency website or contact us directly.
Updated: 25 April 2017