Some information and advice for anyone starting up a food business
Starting a food business
We encourage anyone intending to start a food business to contact our Environmental Health department.
As well as providing practical advice on legal requirements, we have a wide variety of guidance materials available.
Normally, anyone opening a food business requires to register with their local authority at least 28 days before opening.
A food registration form can be emailed or posted to you. Please contact us to request a form.
It is also very important that anyone considering operating a food business has an appropriate level of food hygiene training. They must also provide any staff employed to work in their business with an appropriate level of training and/or supervision.
We also examine applications received for building warrant or planning consent where a food business is involved.
Running a food business
We also give advice to food businesses during routine inspections and in response to specific enquiries where, for instance, someone intends to alter their existing premises or change the type of food they intend to prepare.
Guidance material is also available from the Food Standards Scotland website.
We don't charge for advice and assistance. This could save you expense, time delays and future difficulties.