Starting a new food business

Starting a new food business

The following information is designed to help you understand your legal responsibilities and help you get your food business off to a good start.


All food businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne are legally required to register the business with this authority 28 days before starting.  There is no fee for registration.  You can register by simply clinking on the following link and completing the online registration form.

Register a food business - Online form

Food hygiene

The Food Standards Agency website is a good starting place if you are unsure on which legal requirements you will be required to comply with. 

For further information contact our Food Safety Team on 0191 211 6102 or email


Businesses that handle foods of animal origin and supply them to another business may require approval (though this would not normally include retailers or caterers).

If you are unsure whether your business requires approval, please contact the Food Safety service by phone 0191 211 6102 or email

Approval of a Food Business Establishment Online Form

Approval of a Food Business Establishment Form (pdf 198 kb)  

Planning permission

The use of any premises (including your home) for food business purposes may be construed as a change of use.

Before making any changes or commencing operations, you are advised to ensure that you have the correct planning permission to do so.

Will tacit consent apply?

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 the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.


By post: Food Safety service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.

By phone: 0191 211 6102.

By email:

Related Pages

Need more information?

Food Standards Agency

Telephone: 0330 3327149

Newcastle Planning

Business Companion

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