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Starting a new food business

New Legislation Very Important

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 350) require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on the premises, and businesses listed in the Schedule, to protect against the risks to public health from coronavirus. To see the related Government advice go to Business advice (pdf 186 kb).

To see prepared local guidance for food businesses go to Guidance (pdf 150 kb) and for Consumers go to Poster (pdf 160 kb).

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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 it simply involves completing a form.

Food Business Registration Online Form

Register Food Business Form (pdf 238 kb)

Food hygiene

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


Businesses that handle foods of animal origin and supply them to another business may require approval (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) 2116102 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.


Food Safety service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Phone: (0191) 2116102. Email:

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