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Food Business Registrations and Approvals

All food premises in the borough are required to be registered or approved with the Council.

The definition of food premises is very wide and even covers premises serving only drinks or wrapped items.

The law requires that premises used for a food business (including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable structures) should be registered. Registration of a Food Business Establishment, which cannot be refused, allows us to keep an up-to-date list of all those premises in our area so we can visit them when we need to.

If you operate food business establishments in more than one Local Authority area, you must register each establishment with each authority separately.

Moveable establishments such as ice cream vans should be registered by the food business operator with the Local Authority in whose area the vehicle is normally kept.

Certain food business establishments (in particular those supplying food of animal origin to other food businesses) may need Approval of Food Business Premises, rather than registration.

Try using an approval determinator to see if you need approval.

Alternatively, contact us to discuss what you are planning.

Scores on the Doors is the food hygiene rating scheme where you can find the official hygiene ratings for food businesses.

Check the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme to find out how hygienic and well-managed the food preparation at any of the premises listed here are, such as your favourite takeaway, clubs, pubs and restaurants.

If you purchase food from a shop or had a meal at a restaurant or café and found it contained something that should not be there, for example a hair or piece of plastic, then this can be classed as a food complaint.

You can use the Food and Drink: Advice and Complaints Advice form to either complain about food or drink you have purchased within the Dudley Borough or request advice on an issue to do with food.

The food hygiene regulations make it an offence for anyone to sell or process food for sale which is harmful to health. They also place an obligation on businesses to ensure that their activities are carried out in a hygienic way and are properly registered.

An estimated five million people suffer from food poisoning in England and Wales each year. Running a food business means that you have a particular responsibility in protecting the health of your customers.

Contact Details

Food and Consumer Safety, People Directorate, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL

Telephone 0300 555 2345

Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm, Closed weekends and Bank Holiday.