STARTING A FOOD BUSINESS

It is a legal requirement under EC Regulation 852/2004 that all food businesses register with their local authority at least 28 days before opening (for all Worcestershire based food businesses this is Worcestershire Regulatory Services).

Registration is free and cannot be refused

Prior to starting a food business, or taking over ownership of an existing business, you also need to:

  • Consider if you need to consult Planning/Building Control.
  • Planning permission may be required for structural changes, especially if a listed building. A change of use of premises e.g. from retail to food outlet may also require planning permission
  • Consider whether you need pre-opening advice from a Business Compliance officer to ensure the premises / layout is suitable for the production of safe food.
  • Officers are happy to support businesses in getting things right first time and would prefer to do this during the planning stage rather than once established as this is more effective for all parties.

How To Register

Download the WRS registration form in pdf or Word format:

WRS Registration Form (pdf) or WRS Registration Form (Word) and return by post or e-mail

All registrations will be acknowledged in writing and new premises will normally be visited by an officer within 28 days of starting trading.

Some food businesses that manufacture food, particularly products of animal origin such as dairy, meat and fish products, may require approval under EC Regulation 853/2004. If you are planning to produce this type of product, talk to a member of the WRS food team first as there may be specific legal requirements you need to meet.  

You can find also further information about food hygiene requirements and starting a food business on the Food Standards Agency website.

Changes to Business

Any changes to the details previously supplied must be notified to WRS. Changes requiring notification include:

  • a change of food business operator
  • a change of activities carried out in relation to food
  • the closure of an establishment
  • a change of the address at which mobile premises are kept

How to contact us

General Customer Enquiries -
Please contact us on:
Telephone 01905 822799
Email WRS Enquiries

Social Media

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Address for Correspondence only

Worcestershire Regulatory Services,

Wyre Forest House
Finepoint Way,
Kidderminster,
Worcestershire
DY11 7WF