Food Premises Registration - Applying for a Licence

Food Premises Registration - Applying for a Licence
Licence Summary

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises you need to be registered with the local authority. Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans.


Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by the local authority or the Meat Hygiene Service, rather than registered. If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered, contact your local authority.

Information and guidance on the law

Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs, Article 6(2)

How to apply

If you want to register a food premises, please visit the Food Standards Agency's Register A Food Business page which provides an online process.  They will ensure the information is passed to us.


If you are unable to complete this online process, please contact Torfaen Business Direct on 01633 648735 or email and we will be able to assist you.

Application fees

The application for food premises registration is free.

The application process

On the registration form, you must tick all the boxes which apply to your business, answer all the questions and give all the information requested. Seasonal businesses operating for a certain period each year should give dates between which they will be open. If you have any questions your local authority will help you. It is an offence to give information which you know is false.


The registration form must be sent to the local authority in whose area the premises are situated. If the form is sent to the wrong address your application will not take effect until it is received at the proper place. If you use premises in more than one local authority area, you must register with each authority separately.

Does Tacit Approval apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 28 days from the submission of your completed application to the correct authority.

Appeals and Complaints

As registration is automatic, there is no appeals procedure.


Should you feel that your application has been improperly processed, you should follow the authorities complaints procedure.

Trade Associations

Please Note - Torfaen County Borough Council (The Council) is under a duty to protect the public funds which it administers and to this end may use the information you provide within Torfaen County Borough Council for the prevention and detection of fraud. The Council may also share this information with other bodies administering or in receipt of public funds solely for these purposes. For further information, visit the National Fraud Initiative area of the website.

Last Modified: 27/02/2023
For more information contact:

Torfaen Business Direct

Tel: 01633 648735


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