Approved food premises

Before you apply for any licence, please make sure you read all the licensing information in the downloads section.

Licence summary

If you operate food premises you may need to be approved by us.

Examples of types of premises that are required to be approved by local authorities are stand alone (i.e. not attached to a slaughter house, cutting plant or game handling establishment):

  • Meat processing plants
  • Meat preparation plants
  • Minced meat processing operations and mechanically separated meat processing plants
  • Cold stores

You should contact us to see if you require approval.

Eligibility criteria

No provision in legislation.

Regulation summary

Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.

Application evaluation process

No provision in legislation.

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within 10 days please contact us.

Failed application redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Licence holder redress

Please contact us in the first instance.

Consumer complaint

We advise that, in the event of a complaint, first contact is made between the trader and yourself, preferably in the form a letter with proof of delivery. If unsuccessful, Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline will advise you on what to do next. From outside the UK, contact the UK International Consumer Centre (UKICC).