Yes - if you want to store, prepare, distribute or sell food on your premises you will need to register.
The term 'premises' includes restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans.
You will need to complete the registration forms at least 28 days before you open for business.
If your premises produces foods containing products of animal origin for sale to other businesses, then you may also need to be approved by us or the Food Standards Agency, rather than just registered.
If you are not sure whether any aspect of your food operations would require approval, please contact us on 01206 282581 or via email: email@example.com.
If you would like to provide late night refreshment, i.e. the sale of hot food and/or hot drinks between 11pm and 5am, you will need a Premises License.
Find out more about Premises Licenses
There is no fee for registering.
To register your food business you can complete our online form or download an application form and sent it by post to The Food Safety Team, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG.
Download an application form
Within 28 working days of you registering a new food premises, we will inspect your premises.
Your details will be entered on our Food Premises Register which can be inspected by members of the public. The register will show your address and type of business but nothing else relating to your application and we will always protect your data securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
We aim to complete your application within 28 days but we are often quicker than that.
Please contact us in the first instance on 01206 282581 or via email:
Read the regulations here
No. This application is a registration, not an authorisation from us, which means Tacit Consent doesn’t apply.
Yes, you can view our Register of Food Premises.
(The register is held under the Food Premises (Registration) Regulations 1991 Reg. 5)
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked and you are located in the UK, you can check Consumer rights - GOV.UK for advice. For those outside the UK, you can contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
Opening Hours Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm (excluding public holidays). Please Note: Colchester Borough Council is committed to Customer Excellence and may record your call.
The Food Safety Team
Colchester Borough Council
33 Sheepen Road
Phone: 01206 282581
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