Food businesses

Starting a food business: registration

The Food Standards Agency website provides detailed guidance on the legal requirements for starting and running a food business.

Register your food business


All food businesses based in Poole must be registered with us 28 days before opening. This also includes:

  • mobile businesses
  • food businesses run from domestic premises
  • internet businesses
  • food brokers

Registration is free and involves a one-off application.

If your business is already trading and is not registered, you must register it as soon as possible.

If your businesses supplies products of animal origin for example dairy, meat and/or fish, on a wholesale basis it may need to be approved rather than registered. Please contact us directly if this is the case.

You must notify us if your business changes significantly after registration or approval.

Page last updated: 18 June 2019
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