Registration applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as stalls and vans.

If you have more than one premises, you will need to register all of them.

To register by email or by post

You can apply two ways.

When we have your application, an officer will arrange to visit your premises to validate the information provided and to check compliance with food law requirements.

Child minders single registration

If you are planning to start up a child-minder business that provides food as part of your child-minding service, you do not need to register separately as a food business with us. This legal requirement will happen automatically when you register with Ofsted.

This only applies for registrations made on or after 1 January 2014, and is part of the government’s commitment to reduce the burden on business.

Child minders operating before this date should have registered direct with us.

After being registered as a food business you are likely to have a food safety inspection by a food safety officer our Environmental Health Unit.

A food safety officer will contact you to arrange a suitable time to visit, usually within 28 days of notification. The officer will talk about food hygiene and food safety to help make sure the food you give to any children is prepared, stored and handled safely.

Nurseries, care homes and schools

Single registration does not apply to childcare arrangements that run from non-domestic premises – nurseries, care homes and schools, for example. In these circumstances, Ofsted will not share registration details with the local authority.

Registration of farms and other food producers

Farmers producing food for human consumption need to register their premises using the food premises registration form.

Inspections of primary production of food are carried out by Unitary and County Councils.

Registration of farms and other feed producers

Farmers and producers of animal feed should not register with their District Council. Instead registration should be sought through the appropriate Unitary or County Council.

More information on feed premises registration and a specific application form can be found on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

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