All food businesses must be registered, but certain businesses handling products of animal origin require approval before they start trading.
If a food business supplies food of animal origin only to the final consumer (the person who eats the food product), then it is exempt from approval. Some businesses may be exempt if they supply food of animal origin to retailers and the supply is on a 'marginal', 'localised' and 'restricted' basis.
The legislation that applies to exemptions is complex and will depend on the business arrangements. Please contact the Environmental Health team for advice on the contact details below.
A food business must not start any business activity which requires approval until it has received 'conditional' or full approval for the approved activity.
How do I apply for approval?
If it is determined that your business requires approval, an application form will be provided to you which you will need to complete and return to us along with further information which we will request.