Approved Food Premises

There are strict regulations governing those businesses involved in food handling and they may need to apply for Approved Food Premises status.

If your business makes, prepares or handles food of animal origin such as meat, fish or dairy, if you supply it to other businesses (even within your ownership) you might have to apply to us to become an Approved Food Premises.

This is different to registration of a food business.

Slaughterhouses and meat cutting plants need to be approved by the Food Standards Agency.

Approved Premises usually involve higher risk operations and might have to meet more requirements than other food premises.

Approval is free of charge.

More information about which premises need approval

Approved Food Establishments

Remember, if you are not sure if your business needs approval please contact us for advice.

Visit for more information on how to apply.