Approved food premises

foodFind out if you need to become an approved food premises and how to apply:

Businesses required by law to be an approved food premises: If your business makes, prepares or handles food of animal origin such as meat, fish or dairy and supplies it to other businesses and not directly to the public, you may need to apply to us to become an approved food premises.
This is different to our normal food registration requirements.
If you think your food business may need to be approved, please contact us: Tel: 01827 709709. Email:
Types of premises needing approval: (See the full list on the Food Standards Agency website)
  • Meat processing or preparation plants
  • Minced meat processing operations or mechanically separated meat processing plants
  • Cold stores
  • Manufacturers of meat, dairy, egg or fish products
Conditions of the approval: If your food premises requires approval, you will need to meet the hygiene standards as set out in the regulations below:
Food premises approved under these regulations must meet extra rules over and above the general requirements for food premises, as they usually involve more high-risk operations.
Applying for approval: For further information and an application contact us: Tel: 01827 709709. Email:
Exemptions from approval: If your business only supplies animal products to the final consumer (the person who eats the food), you will be exempt from approval. If part of your business involves retail and you intend to supply other retailers or caterers with food of animal origin, you may not need approval if your business follows all of the three criteria listed below:
  • Marginal: Supply to other retailers/caterers is only a small part of your business (up to one quarter of the business in terms of food or less than two tonnes in relation to meat).
  • Localised: Selling your products to other businesses in your county, neighbouring counties, or no more than 30 miles from the county boundary where you make them.
  • Restricted: You are only selling or supplying one certain type of product to one specific retailer/caterer outside of the local area.