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Food business registration

There are 2 steps to registering your food business, this is a free service.

Registration (or Changes to an existing Food Business)

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

Registration applies to most types of food businesses. This includes home catering businesses, mobile or temporary premises (like stalls and vans) and childminders.

If there are changes after you have been registered, legally you must tell us at least 28 days before the changes take place.


Some businesses may need to be registered as 'Approved Premises'.

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

If you don’t know if you need approval, please contact us before registering - we're here to help.

Why must you register?

So that we know about all food businesses that trade in Fife. We keep details about food businesses so we can schedule routine food inspections. This helps us to ensure that all food offered for sale in Fife is safe to eat.

Are you Eligible?

Anyone applying must not have been prohibited from running a food business.

Application Evaluation Process

Once you are registered with us, we will inspect your premises to check they are suitable for the purpose.

Can I operate my business before it is registered?

No. We must receive your completed application form at least 28 days before you start any food operations.

Useful Links

Contact Food Advice