Register your food business

There are 2 steps to registering your food business. 


All local food businesses need to register with Fife Council 28 days before they open. This is a legal requirement.

You can register for free online

Registration applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as stalls and vans.


As well as having to register your food business some businesses also need 'approval'.

Your business will need approval if you make, prepare or handle food of animal origin which is supplied to other businesses. If you solely supply to the end consumer, then you are exempt from the need to be approved.

You can apply for approval using our online form

If you are uncertain whether or not you need approval, please call us - we're here to help

Frequently Asked Questions

Food Registration - FAQs

Frequently asked questions about how to register a food premise.

  • Q.     Is it a legal requirement to register a food premise?
    • Yes, there is a legal requirement under EU legislation.

  • Q.     Can anyone help before my primary inspection?
    • We can arrange to meet you to discuss any issues before you open.  We can help you with a variety of issues including:

      • structure
      • layout
      • health and safety and
      • food safety management systems.

  • Q.     Do all food businesses have to register?
    • Any business that's involved in the production, processing and distribution of food is required to register. You must also tell us about any significant change in activities and any closure of an existing business.

      Additionally, businesses that manufacture food products derived from animals, may be subject to 'approval' from the local authority eg eggs, dairy produce, meat preparations and so on.  'Approval' is a way to ensure that high levels of hygiene are being followed.

Food Advice
Tel: 01592 583228 Contact Food Advice online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY

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